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Protecting Your Elderly Loved One: Why Speak to An Attorney During the Pandemic

Mark A. Simon Aug. 13, 2020

You went to a lot of trouble to find a nursing home or long-term care facility for your loved one when they were no longer able to care for themselves. You trust the staff and doctors at those facilities to protect your loved one and care for them on your behalf. During normal years, most nursing homes succeed every day, but the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the quality of care and protection that your loved one receives. So, what can you do if you believe your loved one is at risk of catching the coronavirus or has already fallen ill with the disease?

Speak With a Personal Injury Attorney

Ultimately, the reason the virus spreads so rapidly throughout nursing homes and long-term care facilities is due to a type of neglect on the part of the facility itself. The boards of many such establishments failed to provide staff with the personal protective equipment needed to prevent the spread in the first place. Without that equipment, nurses, caregivers, and patients were able to spread and contract the disease rapidly. This neglect is widespread, but it’s something that should be addressed as soon as possible. The sooner you speak with a personal injury attorney, the better.

Why You Might Have a Case

Again, the rampant spread of COVID 19 in nursing homes and long-term care facilities is nothing short of a form of neglect. Many nursing homes did not do enough to prevent the spread, even though they knew what was going on. If they responded at all, it was too late and, as a result, many of their residents contracted the disease quickly. In short, the management team of the facility knew better and there was more they should have done to prevent the spread in the first place.If your loved one contracted COVID 19, you may be able to sue the nursing home for willful neglect. Though the suit may not be able to help your loved one recover, it can help ensure that the people responsible for overseeing their care are held accountable for their failures. You may also be entitled to compensation to cover the cost of your loved one’s medical bills or to help remedy the emotional toll the nursing home’s response to the pandemic had on your family.There is no way to justify the continued problems that nursing homes have when responding to the pandemic and there is no excuse for your loved one to have to suffer in silence

Schedule a Consultation

If you’re worried about a nursing home’s response to the growing pandemic or have lost a loved one due to neglect at those care homes, don’t wait. Contact our team and schedule a consultation now. We’ll review your situation and help you decide if you have a case against your loved one’s caregivers so you can focus on getting them the help they truly need. Call or fill out our contact form online. Our team will be in touch with you shortly.