COVID-19 Nursing Home Death
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COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
The first nursing home to combat COVID-19 was a facility in Kirkland, Washington, outside of Seattle called Life Care. Family members of Life Care residents have helped experts piece together the story of how things may have unfolded and resulted in so many coronavirus deaths in the nursing home.
First, Americans were unaware of the presence of the novel coronavirus on home soil when the Kirkland nursing home COVID-19 outbreak occurred. The virus had been in the news for some time already, but staff at the facility were not aware that what they were dealing with was coronavirus. As a result, there were some significant shortcomings in the response, which have been repeated by other nursing homes around the country, such as:
- Reports that nursing home staff did not consistently wear protective gear such as masks and gloves.
- Reports that sick patients suspected of having COVID-19 were not quarantined, or well patients sharing a room with sick patients
- Reports of sick residents being left unattended
- Reports of equipment shortages
- Reports that emergency backup was not sought until patients were gravely ill
Nursing homes that are aware of the spread of coronavirus and still fail to implement safety protocol need to be held responsible for negligent care. Being prepared to contain viruses is a very important aspect of safety at a residential facility, and should have been the subject of staff training and emergency planning. Sadly, a number of nursing homes appear to have been drastically unprepared for such an eventuality as COVID-19--likely the result of cost-cutting measures or inept leadership.
Losing a Loved One to COVID-19 in a Nursing Home
You may feel the loss of your parent or loved one is your fault. We want you to know you are not to blame. You entrusted a professional facility with the care of your family member, and learning the nursing home failed to do that is devastating.
It is natural to experience a range of feelings at this time, such as shock or numbness, anger, overwhelm, sadness, confusion, or self-blame. These are normal expressions of grief and will change over time. Very few of us could have imagined a situation such as the coronavirus; the best thing to do now is to take steps that help you regain a sense of control. For some, working with a trusted attorney team to seek justice is part of the recovery process. Filing a COVID-19 nursing home lawsuit can also yield compensation that will give your family security through an emotionally difficult time. If you would like to learn more about your legal options, please contact our firm today.