The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected us all. Unfortunately, some of the most vulnerable people to the virus are our nursing home inhabitants. New York, among other states, has been hit incredibly hard by the virus, and this is no different for our nursing homes. Amid various accusations of being short-staffed and otherwise altogether underprepared for such a virus, nursing homes are calling for immunity from lawsuits.
As of now, New York State is the only state where nursing homes are immune from both civil lawsuits and criminal prosecution, as Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation barring these lawsuits. Unfortunately, this leaves many families of loved ones who contracted the virus and lost their lives as a result of what they believe to be nursing home negligence feeling as though their rightful complaints have gone unheard.
That being said, though these laws are in place, they do not protect nursing homes from intentional misconduct and gross negligence. Gross negligence is the conscious and voluntary disregard of the need to use reasonable care, which very often puts others’ lives at stake. If you believe that a nursing home was so blatantly negligent in their actions that your loved one contracted the virus and was directly harmed as a result, there is a chance you will have grounds to sue that nursing home.
These are unprecedented times, and the law is constantly evolving as a result. If you believe your loved one was harmed as a direct result of nursing home negligence, please do not hesitate to give our experienced New York City personal injury attorney a call today. Our firm is here to help you. Of course, we have tremendous respect for our healthcare workers fighting on the frontlines, however, there is no excuse for an act of gross negligence resulting in harm to our loved ones.
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