New York Coronavirus Nursing Home Neglect
In New York State, more than 6,000 nursing home residents have died of COVID-19. This vulnerable demographic comprises nearly one quarter of the 24,661 novel coronavirus deaths in the state. It also accounts for 6% of New York’s total nursing home population (100,000).
These numbers are as staggering as they are tragic. Some blame Governor Andrew Cuomo for these casualties, but regardless of whether or not Cuomo enacted the right policies, long-term care facilities owe their residents and their staff a standard of care, especially in times of crisis.
Now more than ever, these homes must take every precaution to protect the health of everyone who walks through their doors. While most nursing homes have done an admirable job under extremely difficult circumstances, some facilities have failed to uphold their duty.
If you or a loved one fell victim to nursing home neglect during the COVID-19 pandemic, and became seriously ill or died as a result, our New York personal injury attorneys may be able to help you. Contact us for a free, no-risk case evaluation.
What Do Nursing Homes Owe Their Residents?
The standard level of care expected from nursing homes includes the following:
- Employing trained, qualified personnel
- Maintaining a sufficient number of staff
- Developing and executing comprehensive care plans for residents
- Providing adequate supervision and assistance
- Treating all residents with dignity and respect
Nursing homes that fail in these areas do a disservice to their residents, and could even put their lives at risk.
What’s Expected of Nursing Homes During the Pandemic?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance for long-term care facilities during the coronavirus outbreak. These safety measures include:
- Keeping COVID-19 at bay: Cancel all field trips and don’t allow visitors, volunteers, or non-essential healthcare workers to enter the facility. Actively screen staff, vendors, and anyone else who enters the premises.
- Identifying infections early: In conjunction with screenings, isolate symptomatic residents and notify state and local health departments of all suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases.
- Stemming the spread of the virus: Cancel group activities and communal dining, enforce social distancing, and require residents to wear a cloth face mask outside of their room.
- Maintaining PPE supply: If in danger of running out of personal protective equipment (PPE), reach out to health departments for supplies.
- Managing severe infections: Designate a place to care for residents with suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19. Monitor ill residents at least three times a day to identify those who may require more intensive care.
Contact a New York Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
If you or someone you love did not receive adequate care at a nursing home, and you contracted a severe case of COVID-19 as a result, you could be owed compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Fill out a free, no-obligation case evaluation to learn more.
Morgan & Morgan has been fighting for vulnerable people for over 30 years. During that time, we’ve recovered $9 billion for our clients. If a long-term care facility let you down, and you want to hold them accountable, contact us today.