Nursing Homes Negligent in Handling COVID-19 Outbreak
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Nursing Homes Negligent in Handling COVID-19 Outbreak
The elderly are among those most at risk of suffering severe and fatal complications from COVID-19. It’s reasonable to expect nursing homes to have stringent protocols to protect their residents from infection. Tragically, these facilities’ negligence may have led to many preventable COVID-19 cases and deaths.
As the number of deaths in nursing homes continues to rise during the coronavirus pandemic, families are wondering if their loved ones’ deaths could have been avoided.
If your family member passed away in a nursing home during the COVID-19 pandemic, we can get answers. Contact CaseyGerry at 619-486-8857 to discuss what happened. We will explain your legal rights and steps you can take right now to find out whether negligence is to blame for your loved one’s death. There is no obligation when you call.
Have Nursing Homes Failed Their Residents?
Eighty-six percent of the 1,224 skilled nursing facilities in California reported their coronavirus data as of April 17, 2020, totaling more than 3,000 cases among residents and staff. In several California cities, deaths in nursing homes account for a large percentage of the citywide coronavirus-related deaths. For example, more than 70 percent of those in Long Beach who died from COVID-19 complications have been nursing home residents.
Nursing homes may have acted negligently in protecting their residents from coronavirus infection. They may have failed to:
- Prepare the facility when news of the pandemic arose,
- Adequately staff the facility to care for patients and prevent the spread of the virus through increased cleaning and sanitation measures,
- Provide proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers, and
- Supervise, monitor, and train for these processes to be as effective as possible.
The CDC warned early on that elderly patients are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Additional risk factors for COVID-19 include chronic lung disease, serious heart conditions, diabetes, and other ailments commonly found in nursing-home patients.
Over the years, CaseyGerry attorneys have worked to recover millions of dollars for families and individuals who have lost loved ones. We believe in individual and corporate responsibility – and also understand that most legal matters related to Wrongful Death are extremely sensitive.
Our dedication to our clients’ success has earned us numerous accolades. Managing Partner, David S. Casey, Jr. has received over 100 accolades including, Top 10 San Diego Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers in California by LA Daily Journal, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame, and more. In addition, partner, Frederick Schenk, was named by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year in the area of Mass Torts in 2014 and 2018, Outstanding Trial Lawyer by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 50 Most Influential People in Business and Law by the San Diego Daily Transcript and more. To learn about our firm, please click here.
Experience Protecting the Elderly
CaseyGerry is San Diego’s longest standing and most experienced personal injury law firm. Our attorneys put clients’ best interests first as we work to get full and fair compensation when they have been hurt or wronged.
We have represented victims of Elder Abuse and Wrongful Death, helping them and their families through the trauma they suffered.
In one case, we represented the family of a 90-year old woman who lived in a senior living facility. She was sexually assaulted repeatedly by a security guard hired by the senior living facility. CaseyGerry filed a suit against the facility for failing to protect their residents, and for not doing their due diligence in hiring staff. We successfully resolved the case for a six-figure settlement.
In a wrongful death case, we filed a suit against a care facility for failure to protect their residents’ safety. A man who was unable to care for himself lived in a center for the chronically mentally ill. He died when the air conditioning unit in the residents’ wing failed and was out of service for at least two weeks during an extensive and lengthy heatwave.
We can help you if your family member passed away in a nursing home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact CaseyGerry at 619-486-8857 to discuss what happened as well as your legal rights and how you can get answers. There is no obligation when you call.
Award-winning Firm & Attorneys
CaseyGerry and its partners have received recognition by legal organizations and national publications and directories, such as U.S. News & World Report, American Association for Justice, Best Lawyers in America, Martindale Hubbell, and Los Angeles Daily Journal.
Many CaseyGerry attorneys have also published authoritative legal articles and share their knowledge with professional organizations and local universities. Many volunteer their services for community organizations and individuals. Our firm was instrumental in providing services to the families of the victims of 9/11, helping spearhead Trial Lawyers Care – the largest pro bono program in the history of American jurisprudence.
We welcome you to contact our firm today for advice. Call CaseyGerry to schedule a consultation with San Diego accident lawyers who have proven knowledge, experience and a commitment to justice.