The COVID-19 pandemic has essentially affected everyone in the United States, whether directly or indirectly. Among those seriously affected are individuals living in nursing homes. It is no secret that oftentimes, nursing homes are understaffed, mismanaged, and more, even in the best of times. Now, with the coronavirus spreading like wildfire, many nursing homes are being held accountable, as residents find themselves in rather helpless situations.
If you lost your loved one in a nursing home due to the coronavirus and you believe the nursing home is responsible, there is a very good chance you are now looking to pursue legal action against that nursing home. Unfortunately, across the United States, nursing homes are asking for immunity from civil and criminal legal penalties for their negligence, arguing that they are doing everything they can amid a serious pandemic. Of course, in many cases, this is true, however, as more and more disturbing incidents of nursing home negligence are reported, more and more people are demanding the closure they deserve.
Though Pennsylvania has not yet officially granted nursing homes immunity, we strongly believe that this may happen sooner, rather than later. If you believe your loved one lost their life as a direct result of nursing home negligence, the time to act is now. Even in states where nursing homes have immunity, you may still sue for acts of “gross negligence,” which is defined as the “lack of slight diligence or care” or “a conscious, voluntary act or omission in reckless disregard of a legal duty and of the consequences to another party.”
Of course, we are living in turbulent times, and the law is constantly changing with them. However, a wrongful death is a wrongful death, and whoever is responsible should always be treated as such. If you have any additional questions regarding nursing home negligence, please do not hesitate to call our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys today. We are here to help.
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There is nothing worse than sustaining injuries at the hands of a negligent party. Now, you must recover physically, and you must also find a way to pay for your recovery. This is why if you or someone you know has sustained injuries due to another party’s negligence, you must contact the Law Offices of Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today. An attorney who is willing to fight for your right to a smooth recovery can make all the difference.