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Nursing Home Liable for COVID Infection Control Lapses

Legal settlements against nursing homes for infection control lapses continue to mount, according to PA nursing home lawyers. Nursing homes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and throughout the United States have seen numerous lawsuits over alleged failures in infection control that have resulted in resident deaths during the pandemic. A Massachusetts nursing home owner recently reached an $175,000 settlement agreement with Attorney General Maura Healey regarding the 2020 pandemic response of Sea View Retreat in Rowley, MA.

Infection Control Practices Alleged as Insufficient

The Attorney General stated that the nursing home failed to implement basic infection control procedures at the beginning of the pandemic. She proclaimed that these failures violated state regulations and placed the health and safety of its residents at significant risk. According to PA nursing home lawyers, the complaint identified that the facility did not implement measures such as resident cohorting, surveillance testing, personal protective equipment training, and staff screening upon arrival to work. As the result of the complete failure to implement infection control and prevention practices, the AG alleged that multiple residents contracted COVID and at least one resident died from the infection.

The besieged nursing home closed in early 2022, and the settlement agreement included terms to assure that the nursing home owners would no longer own, operate, or manage a long-term care of assisted living facility in the state of Massachusetts.

COVID-19 Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Elderly nursing home residents and those with serious health conditions often are at high risk for serious complication from a COVID-19 infection. Sadly, many of these infections were preventable, but nursing homes failed to take the proper steps to prevent infections and mitigate outbreaks in these facilities. Now, loved ones of residents who suffered unnecessarily from COVID-19 infections while in a nursing home or assisted living facility are taking action by filing wrongful death lawsuits.

The PA nursing home lawyers at our firm are familiar with these types of cases and what is needed to prove liability. For a successful COVID-19 wrongful death lawsuit, you must prove that your loved one was infected and later passed away due to specific action or inaction by a nursing home. For example, grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit may include:

  • The nursing home failed to abide by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for instituting an infectious disease preparedness and response plan
  • Failure to follow state and federal guidelines for nursing homes
  • Failure to train staff on personal protection equipment and outbreak precautions
  • Nursing home staffed inadequately or with underqualified staff
  • Staff failed to correctly wear personal protective equipment and use infection control protocols
  • The nursing home failed to quarantine infected residents to protect other residents from the infection.

What Type Of Damages Can I Claim in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

PA nursing home lawyers can help you file a wrongful death suit that may include a variety of damages, depending on the specifics of the case. These damages may include:

  • Cost of medical treatments/hospitalization prior to death
  • Loss of income that should have gone to the family members of the victims estate.
  • Burial, cremation, or funeral costs
  • Loss of companionship
  • Estate Administration Fees
  • Loss of income
  • Pain and suffering damages for the victim prior to death


Can I Afford a Wrongful Death Attorney?

Our attorneys off a free consultation to meet privately with you and discuss your legal options. We believe that filing a personal injury lawsuit should be a legal remedy available to your family regardless of your ability to pay for an attorney. That’s why our attorneys use a contingency fee agreement. Our clients pay nothing for our services unless we win money for their claim. Our attorney fees are then paid from a percentage of the verdict or settlement agreement. This arrangement helps our clients feel comfortable, knowing they can afford experienced attorneys with no out-of-pocket costs.

Contact Us Today for a Free Case Review and Evaluation

Call PA Nursing home lawyers to find out more about your rights to file a claim. Nursing homes that fail to meet the standard of care must be held liable for their actions. Our attorneys have years of experience in nursing home and assisted living claims. Many of the families that we have helped believe that taking legal action has helped them feel empowered and able to move forward after indescribable pain from nursing home negligence.  Call 215-666-7777 to speak directly with an attorney, or use the contact form at the bottom of this webpage to get in touch.



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