Nursing homes have been at the center of multiple outbreaks among patients and caregivers since the coronavirus pandemic began to impact Americans in early March 2020. According to reports, nursing home patients are at an increased risk of dying from complications associated with COVID-19, and thousands of nursing home deaths have already been linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Many of these deaths have been linked to a variety of factors, including inadequate planning and action on the part of nursing home management.
If you experience nursing home abuse or if your loved one has died as a result of nursing home neglect, contact Attorney Group today. Affected patients and their families may be able to pursue a claim and recover compensation with the help of a nursing home abuse attorney.
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Lack of Reporting Could Lead to Nursing Home Death Undercount
Although precise numbers are unavailable, reports estimate anywhere from 4,000 to 12,000 nursing home residents have reportedly died from complications related to COVID-19 since the outbreak began to affect those living in the United States. Individual states are not required to report numbers, the federal government doesn’t keep count, and some facilities are refusing to report numbers due to a number of factors, making it nearly impossible to know how many people in nursing homes have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
In many cases, nursing homes and other long-term facilities have limited access to testing supplies and other necessary materials to accurately determine the number of nursing home deaths linked to coronavirus. Some facilities and states are trying to understand the problem, but others are supposedly hiding it. In those cases, management reportedly kept information from nursing home staff about who was infected or was suspected of having COVID-19 while allowing residents to continue to share rooms with other residents. Nursing home staff across the U.S. are already under-equipped as it is, making it easier for them to potentially contract COVID-19 as well.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Multiple lawsuits have been filed on behalf of those who have lost a loved one due to complications associated with COVID-19. According to one of the complaints, the nursing home was aware of the coronavirus outbreak, but “lacked a clear plan of action,” which potentially led to the death of several residents.
As lawsuits begin to mount, some facilities are lobbying their state legislatures for immunity during the coronavirus pandemic, which could allow some nursing homes accused of severe neglect to avoid legal responsibility.
When nursing home negligence or abuse results in injury, the injured party suffers loss in various ways, and the law allows an injured party to pursue damages to recover those losses. An experienced attorney with knowledge of the nursing home industry could help those affected recover compensation.
Common types of damages recoverable in a nursing home injury case include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
When someone’s negligence results in the death of another person, family members of the person killed may recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one.
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