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COVID-19 Kills Illinois Nursing Home Resident – Lawsuit Alleges Negligence

According to a newly filed wrongful death lawsuit, the family of an elderly woman who died from novel coronavirus COVID-19 claims that the nursing home caring for their relative failed to appropriately test and isolate residents and staff. This negligence allegedly compromised the protection and health of others.

The lawsuit claims that the care facility failed to follow guidance from federal and state public health officials such as isolating residents with symptoms, enforcing social distancing, and regularly screening residents and staff. “When they knew of a pending problem they didn’t follow even the Illinois Department of Public Health’s suggestions,” said the family’s attorney.

The nursing home, 40 miles west of Chicago, had one of Illinois’ largest and deadliest outbreaks of the virus. According to Illinois public health officials, roughly half of all COVID-19 deaths in the state have occurred in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. Confinement, overcrowding, and inadequate staffing in nursing homes quickly increased the spread of the virus - and with lethal force.

While suffering from COVID-19, the victim in this case was bedridden, unable to perform routine tasks independently. The victim passed away without her family present. The family was not informed that their relative was ill.

Want to Know if You Have a Valid Legal Claim?

If you or a loved one was injured or died due to nursing home facility failures concerning COVID-19, you may be legally entitled to compensation. You may also be entitled to compensation if you are an employee of a nursing home facility and similarly were subject to these failures.

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Our experienced attorneys are investigating injury and death claims due to nursing home failures during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or a loved one was injured or died due to a long-term care facility failure concerning COVID-19, please contact our law firm. You may be legally entitled to compensation. Contact us by submitting the form or by calling us at (866) 573-1787 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

 

Inspections Reveal Nursing Home Chain Violated Federal Guidelines, Spreading Deadly COVID-19

Novel coronavirus COVID-19 has sickened millions worldwide and claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands more. The elderly and those with preexisting conditions—often residents of nursing homes—appear to be most severely affected. Inspections at a chain of nursing homes, Life Care Centers of America, revealed that staff members were not taking proper precautions to control the spread of the virus. Failures by staff members reportedly included not washing hands or enforcing social distancing guidelines, and failing to sanitize equipment, properly use masks and gloves, and separate sick patients from healthy ones. This lack of care, precaution, and violation of federal guidelines led to the spread of the virus, which caused the death of patients, new lawsuits allege.

Life Care is a privately owned company that operates over 200 nursing homes. Lawsuits filed by families and employees have also documented flaws in the company’s management and the treatment of patients, including wrongful death claims.

Confinement, overcrowding, and inadequate staffing in assisted care facilities contribute to quickly increasing the spread of the virus, and with lethal force. This is dangerous, as the virus is particularly fatal among the elderly. The New York Times reported in May 2020 that about one-fifth of U.S. virus deaths at that time were linked to nursing home facilities.

What Does This Mean for You?

You may be legally entitled to compensation if you or a loved one was injured or died due to nursing home facility failures concerning COVID-19. You may also be entitled to compensation if you are an employee of a nursing home facility and similarly were subject to these failures. It’s not too late to investigate your claim.

Do You Have a Valid Legal Claim?

Our experienced attorneys are investigating injury and death claims due to nursing home failures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact us by submitting the form or by calling us at (866) 573-1787 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

Grant & Eisenhofer Files Class Action Complaint Against Owners of Breached Dam in Michigan

Local Michigan residents and businesses have filed a complaint against owners and operators of a dam in Edenville, MI, whose failures caused massive evacuations and damage to the town when the dam broke on May 19, 2020. The dam break was caused by years of neglect, sending floodwaters surging through towns and residential areas. Water then broke through the Sanford dam farther downstream, overtaking poorly functioning barriers and inadequate spillways that had not been properly maintained or repaired for years. The complaint was filed jointly by Grant & Eisenhofer, Morgan & Morgan and Jenner Law.

Regulatory agencies had repeatedly cited the dams as inadequate to handle an extreme event. “Despite the defendants’ well-known record of ignoring safety regulations, they now appear to be trying to exploit political divisions within the state by blaming the government for failures at the properties they were responsible for maintaining,” said the attorneys representing the plaintiffs. “This is a despicable dereliction of oversight and public trust, and homeowners and businesses throughout the area are paying the price. Our class action is a vital step to hold the dam owners accountable to the law and to common decency.”

To add insult to injury, plaintiffs are already struggling to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Many suffered equipment damage, as well as inventory loss.

20 Cases Selected as Bellwether Trials in 3M Earplug Combat Arms Litigation

More than 140,000 veterans have filed complaints of hearing loss after using 3M Combat Arms earplugs while serving. The judge presiding over the lawsuits has identified 20 of these complaints as the initial pool of bellwether cases to be worked up for trial next year. The judge has also chosen five alternate cases.

What is the 3M Combat Arms Earplug Defect?

The veterans are suing 3M Company, alleging that the company knew about a defect in the earplug. The earplugs were designed to be dual-ended, whereby the user could insert the plugs one way to completely block out sound. The user could wear the plugs another way to be able to hear commands but cancel out sound from gunfire or explosions. The allegation is that the earplugs do not ensure a proper fit, and may loosen in the ear canal, rendering the product ineffective and potentially leading to permanent hearing damage, such as hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ear). The U.S. military issued these earplugs to soldiers for use during training and in combat between 2003 and 2015. However, the claims allege that, although 3M knew of this design defect, it continued to sell thousands of pairs of faulty earplugs.

What is a Bellwether Trial?

Over 140,000 complaints lodged against 3M concerning the Combat Arms earplugs all have similar allegations. The cases have been filed all over the country. Give the similarities in each of the lawsuits, the cases were consolidated under one umbrella in a multi-district litigation (MDL). This MDL is centralized in one court before one judge—this time, before U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers in the Northern District of Florida. As an MDL, the cases undergo coordinated discovery, as well as pretrial proceedings. These proceedings include what are known as bellwether trials. Bellwether trials are typically a sample of cases selected for additional discovery and preparation to go before juries. They often help to gauge how the remainder of trials will unfold.

Can I Join the 3M Combat Arms Earplug Litigation?

If you or a loved one used 3M Combat Arms Earplugs during your service in the U.S. military and suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus, please contact us by submitting the form or by calling us at (888) 984-7988 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim. It’s not too late to investigate your claim.

3M Earplugs Cause Hearing Loss, Tormenting Military Veterans

Military personnel were required to wear 3M Combat Arms Earplugs during training and combat duty between 2003 and 2015.  The dual-ended design was supposed to offer two levels of hearing protection. Now, lawsuits allege that the earplug could loosen in the ear canal, rendering the product ineffective, and that this could lead to permanent hearing damage.

3M was allegedly aware of the defect, but failed to issue a product recall or warning. Instead, the company continued to sell them to the U.S. military.Some veterans who wore the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) have reported severe hearing loss.  Others suffer from tinnitus (ringing in the ear).

In April 2019, a Multidistrict Litigation consolidated more than 139,000 claims filed against 3M. Trial is expected to begin in 2021 before Judge M. Casey Rodgers of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. As cases continue to be filed, this may become one of the largest mass tort litigation cases in the U.S.

What Does This Mean for You?

You may be eligible to file a 3M military earplug lawsuit. You may qualify for compensation if you experienced hearing loss or tinnitus. It’s not too late to investigate your claim.

Are You a Veteran Injured by Defective 3M Earplugs? Contact Our Attorneys to Review Your Potential Claim

If you or a loved one used 3M Combat Arms Earplugs during your service in the U.S. military and suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus, please contact us by submitting the form or by calling us at (888) 984-7988 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

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