California Attorneys for Victims of COVID-19 Infections
COVID-19 has changed reality as we know it, and communities and industries continue to adapt to survive. We do not know what the future holds for the economy, for us, and for our loved ones. However, we certainly deserve the assurance that those who serve others are acting in their best interest.
California is a coronavirus hotspot in the U.S. with tens of thousands of infections and thousands of deaths. In March 2020, as concerns increased across the state, California issued a stay-at-home order prohibiting all non-essential travel and closing many businesses to prevent the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, some businesses failed to do their own due diligence to keep people safe. Several missteps caused preventable COVID-19 outbreaks, illness, and deaths. Shortcomings within the following industries have been reported:
- Nursing homes
- Veterans’ hospitals
- Jails and prisons
- Cruise lines
While these industries are very different from one another, each owes the people it serves a duty to protect them from foreseeable harm.
In nursing homes, residents are among the groups most at risk of suffering life-threatening complications from COVID-19. A recent investigation revealed a shocking number of coronavirus cases among long-term care residents. In California, 39 percent of the total deaths in the state happened in long-term care facilities (as of May 11, 2020). Many families are left wondering if the facilities acted quickly enough and appropriately to prevent the outbreaks.
Veterans’ hospitals have also seen numerous coronavirus outbreaks across the country. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs reported thousands of cases of the virus in VA facilities and hundreds of deaths.
Prisons and Jails
In prisons and jails, COVID-19 outbreaks are rampant. In fact, eight of the top ten coronavirus hotspots in the U.S. are connected to jails and prisons. The World Health Organization (WHO) emphasized the need to minimize the disease in correctional facilities and take preventive measures to prevent more outbreaks. Prior to the WHO’s notice, civil rights groups and correctional officer unions warned local, state, and federal agencies that prisons were unprepared to handle a pandemic.
The cruise industry was one of the first to break news regarding their mishandling of the virus. With thousands of cruise passengers infected and several dead, investigations are ongoing into whether cruise lines knew about COVID-19 cases aboard their ships and still allowed new passengers to embark on subsequent voyages. In May 2020, some cruise passengers were still aboard ships in and around U.S. waters and awaiting repatriation – months after the virus was declared a pandemic.
Getting Legal Help for Preventable COVID-19 Illness and Death
If you believe that a service or facility that was supposed to keep you safe from COVID-19 mishandled the threat of the virus, we can help. We encourage you to contact CaseyGerry at (619) 238-1811 to discuss your situation. We can explain your legal rights and steps you can take to get answers and seek compensation for your medical bills, time off work, and more. There is no obligation when you call.