As Covid-19 has swept across the country, it has become clear that those who live in nursing homes are more vulnerable to this strain of coronavirus than others in the community. Are nursing home operators and state agencies in California prepared to properly care for nursing home residents in this state? At the Law Offices of J. Jeffery Herman, our Ventura County wrongful death attorneys are here to help if you believe your loved one has needlessly been put in danger of coronavirus in a nursing home.
The Elderly Are More Likely To Suffer Serious Complications Due To Covid-19
Over the last few weeks, we have watched as 13 people in a single nursing home died due to the coronavirus outbreak. This facility was in Kirkland, Washington, but these deaths have raised the alarm bells for everyone else throughout the country.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are certain groups of people at higher risk of getting very sick or dying due to Covid-19. This includes the elderly as well as those with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and weakened immune systems.
In California, public health officials have stepped up their response to Covid-19 and have suggested that seniors and the medically vulnerable limit their close contact with others. For those living in nursing homes, and those who have loved ones in nursing homes, this is a scary time. The American Health Care Association, a leading group for the long-term care industry, recommends limiting non-essential visits in nursing homes.
Aside from the major concern of an outbreak occurring at a nursing home, another major concern revolves around nursing home staffing. These facilities are notoriously short-staffed already. Public officials should be very concerned about what would happen if nursing home employees are forced to quarantine or cannot otherwise get to work.
While much of the country’s employers are working to shift to remote work while this crisis is ongoing, residents inside of nursing homes must be cared for. Will these facilities be able to keep up with proper infection control protocols even if they become considerably more short-staffed?
Nursing homeowners and operators, as well as California and federal public health officials, need to properly plan for ways to care for nursing home residents in the event that Covid-19 continues to disrupt our lives.
Let Us Help You Through This
If your loved one has been harmed in a nursing home due to Covid-19, you may need to seek legal assistance. At the Law Offices of J. Jeffery Herman, our team is ready to investigate what happened and were to determine whether you may be entitled to any of the following compensation:
- Coverage for medical expenses related to contracting Covid-19
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Relocation expenses to another facility
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent nursing home agency