COVID-19 devastates nursing homes locally and nationwide
As the coronavirus spreads through nursing homes, families want answers
The coronavirus pandemic has taken a devastating toll on nursing homes nationwide. Pennsylvania is among the states with the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 among nursing home residents and staff. At least six deaths and ten additional confirmed cases were reported at one Scranton facility. While nursing homes all over the country have reported deadly outbreaks, the full scale of the impact is unknown, as many facilities are not reporting data or are without access to testing.
With many nursing homes short-staffed and struggling to meet standards under normal circumstances, the global pandemic has introduced a new threat that some facilities were ill-equipped to meet. The combination of residents’ physical vulnerability to infection, lack of access to testing, and inadequate safety protections has allowed the virus to spread rapidly, and with tragic consequences.
What’s worse, because of visitation restrictions and lapses in reporting, some families have stated that they were not made aware of an outbreak at their loved one’s facility until it was too late.
That any person’s parent, grandparent, or relative should suffer illness or die a preventable death due to improper protections is unacceptable. If systemic failures contributed to the loss of a loved one, the facility should be held legally responsible. The nursing home neglect lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys are here to offer assistance to families seeking justice for their loved one.
We know that long-term caregivers everywhere are working harder than ever to meet this unprecedented challenge, and many have succumbed to the virus themselves. Without necessary tests, data, and protective equipment, nursing home staff are at risk for not only spreading but also contracting this very serious illness.
If you or someone in your family suffered because a nursing home or long-term care facility failed to implement necessary protections for residents and staff, you deserve answers. Contact Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys to learn more about your legal rights.
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