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Coronavirus Nursing Home Claims

Troy COVID-19 Nursing Home & Assisted Living Exposure Attorneys

The coronavirus has put nursing homes and assisted living facilities under heavy pressure to keep caring for vulnerable elders while minimizing their exposure to the virus. While this is a difficult responsibility, it is important to remember that it is still a responsibility – and one that needs to be taken seriously. If a nursing home or another type of group housing unit does not take reasonable steps to limit coronavirus exposure within its walls, and you or a loved one became ill, then it may be subject to civil claims that will result in compensation for the wrongdoing.

Oliver Law Group P.C. in Troy, Michigan is here to help you discover and uphold the rights of your elderly loved one staying in a nursing home or an assisted living facility. If they contracted the coronavirus due to neglectful safety procedures at their facility, then we want to know about it. Using our extensive legal experience handling complex, sensitive cases, we can help prove liability and calculate the damages owed to you.

For more information about how we can manage your claim, call (800) 771-6689.

Preventative Steps That Should Be Taken

If your loved one has contracted the coronavirus while staying in a nursing home or assisted living facility, then there might be grounds for a claim, but it is not guaranteed. Simply being diagnosed with COVID-19 is not enough to demand compensation from the facility. A successful claim should also integrate evidence that the nursing home or assisted living did not take reasonable steps to protect your elderly loved one from the virus’s spread.

A few basic preventative steps that you should expect a nursing home to take are:

  • Give employees sick pay: The first step in keeping the coronavirus out of a nursing home is disallowing anyone’s entry who is showing symptoms of the virus. Any employee who has a fever, dry cough, or breathing difficulties should be sent home with sick pay until they are healthy.
  • Wear masks and gloves: A simple way to greatly reduce the chance of the coronavirus spreading from one person to another is to wear protective masks and gloves. The majority of coronavirus transmissions are believed to be caused through contact with saliva expelled while coughing or sneezing. Masks significantly limit this type of spread. Both caretakers and patients should use masks and gloves whenever possible.
  • Open windows if possible: The coronavirus can be carried through the air, albeit in minimal amounts. Circulated air may increase the risk of breathing in contaminated air particles. Opening windows for fresh air should be considered by nursing homes and assisted living facilities separated from any adjacent properties.
  • Conduct routine symptom checks: Basic temperature checks can be used to catch the first warning signs of coronavirus infection. Residents and employees should be tested with a thermometer several times a day to look for any abnormalities and symptoms.
  • Sanitize often: Cleaning efforts in assisted living centers need to be intensified during the pandemic. The coronavirus is believed to be able to exist on surfaces for days, but most cleaning products can remove or kill the virus. Both public areas and private rooms alike need to be sanitized thoroughly if a nursing home or assisted living facility wants to show that it is taking the pandemic as seriously as it should.
  • Isolate ill patients: The moment a patient shows any signs of COVID-19, they need to be isolated immediately. Outside healthcare professionals should also be consulted, as it may soon become necessary to move the patient to a hospital for improved medical care.

While all of these preventative steps should seem like obvious solutions, they are not always conducted at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. When they are overlooked or ignored, elderly residents – who are known to be among the most vulnerable to the virus – are put in unfair jeopardy.

Proving Negligence & Seeking Justice

Our Troy coronavirus nursing home exposure attorneys are here to help you form your claim against a nursing home that caused your loved one to suffer from or pass away due to COVID-19. We know where to look for convincing evidence that shows the nursing home acted negligently in its handling of the pandemic and safety precautions. For example, testimonies from residents and staff members may show an inconsistency in symptom checks. Internal records may also show that sanitization procedures have been inadequate.

You do not need to worry about these details of your claim, though. When you allow Oliver Law Group P.C. to represent you, we can dig into the details while you focus on your family’s wellbeing.

Contact us today to see if you can seek compensation after your loved one contracted the coronavirus while staying in a nursing home, group housing unit, or assisted living facility.

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