The COVID-19 pandemic has created a high-stakes situation for families who have loved ones in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. With many of these facilities now saturated with coronavirus cases, elderly residents have been left to suffer the consequences of inadequate care—in many cases, this means preventable death.
The Health Crisis Has a Disparate Impact on the Most Vulnerable
Rapid spread of the novel coronavirus highlights the gap between what many nursing homes promise and what they actually deliver. A huge proportion of coronavirus deaths in the United States—not to mention Great Britain and Italy—derive from elder care facilities where the virus was allowed to spread unchecked and wreak havoc on those with existing health vulnerabilities.
Virtually every day new evidence emerges demonstrating that substandard care, understaffing, and lack of basic safety equipment and practices—already present prior to the pandemic—allowed COVID-19 to spread through nursing homes like wildfire.
Many nursing homes prevented staff from wearing masks and gloves during the pandemic, downplayed the threat of the virus and withholding information about exposure to COVID-19 and refused to quarantine infected nurses and other staff.
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How You Can Gain Control of The Situation
If your loved one has been a victim of elder abuse or nursing home neglect, you should immediately secure the services of a personal injury attorney. Filing a complaint in court on your own can pit you against a team of skilled lawyers, large medical institutions, and giant insurance companies who all benefit from protecting one another. Without proper legal counsel on your side, your chance of attaining justice for a loved one diminishes drastically.
Wrongful death lawsuits due to nursing home malpractice or neglect may lead to a settlement. But they often go to a jury trial due to the confidence of the defendant’s legal counsel and facility’s management. Therefore, an aggressive personal injury law firm like Atkinson Law located in Norfolk, Virginia must be prepared to fight for compensation, hold facilities accountable and thereby force measures to be put in place to avoid future heartache for other families.
If poor care has robbed your loved one of dignity, well-being, or even life itself during the global COVID-19 pandemic, call Atkinson Law now at 757-648-8579 or use the contact form right here on this page to get in touch with an attorney who is passionate about nursing home neglect. Helping you navigate through this difficult time is our highest calling.