Those living in nursing homes are among the most vulnerable to the new coronavirus, which is why if you suspect your loved one has recently contracted the virus as a result of negligence, you are most likely now looking to bring that nursing home to justice. Please read on and reach out to our experienced New York personal injury attorney to learn more about how we can help you.
What are the CDC guidelines for nursing homes?
Though the new coronavirus is like the flu, it has a far higher mortality rate. Much like the flu, however, it spreads droplets in their air from coughs or sneezes. Unfortunately, when people are clustered as closely as they are in nursing homes, viruses like COVID-19 can spread particularly quickly. As a result, COVID-19 affects patients, long-term residents, and even healthcare workers.
The CDC has demanded all healthcare workers take various precautionary actions to stymie the spread of the coronavirus, such as regularly washing their hands, restricting visitors’ contact with other infected patients, denying infected, or even potentially infected workers access to patients via sending them home, and ensuring that all healthcare workers wear protective equipment, such as face masks.
Can I sue a nursing home for allowing my loved one to become infected?
If your loved one gets the coronavirus in a nursing home, you may file a medical malpractice claim, as long as you can demonstrate that your loved one contracted the virus due to a negligent nursing home staff. When nursing home employers or staff fail to take the necessary preventative measures and breach the duty of care they owed to your loved one, it is considered nursing home negligence. If a nursing home knew that one of their staff members were infected by COVID-19 and failed to send him/her home to quarantine or for medical treatment, and your loved one was infected as a result, you should have a valid claim against that nursing home. For any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with our experienced New York City personal injury attorneys today to learn more about how we can help you through the process going forward.
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