CAN I SUE A NURSING HOME FOR CORONA VIRUS NEGLECT?
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As the number of people sick with the corona virus increases, health care officials are more concerned than ever about the elderly that are most vulnerable to the virus.
(Information pulled from the CDC) – A new respiratory disease – coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – is spreading globally and there have been instances of COVID-19 community spread in the United States. The general strategies CDC recommends to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in LTCF are the same strategies these facilities use every day to detect and prevent the spread of other respiratory viruses like influenza.
Symptoms of respiratory infection, including COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath
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CAN I SUE AN ELDERLY HOME IF THEY WERE NEGLIGENT WITH THE CORONA VIRUS?
Our firm can assist you if you or your loved one has been exposed to the corona virus due to the neglect of the nursing home taking care of them. Call now to schedule a free case evaluation.
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK
In order to reduce the risk of the virus from spreading, it is important to separate those who are sick from those who are not. The CDC has recommended the following key points for anyone who may be sick or recently exposed to the coronavirus:
- Make sure you call your local doctor before stepping foot into their office. If you have the slightest feeling that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, your doctor/doctor’s office will instruct you on how to avoid spreading the virus and how not to infect others.
- Wearing a facemask if you have been exposed to the virus will prevent any spreadage of the virus.
- Washing your hands before eating, after using the restroom, after touching money and after coming into contact with others. Purchasing hand sanitizer and using it on a frequent basis is highly recommended.
- Make sure to cover your mouth while coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid sharing any household items with your friends and family members. Household items include cups, kitchen utensils, clothing, pillows, blankets, sheets, towels, etc.
- Clean all surfaces in your home that come into frequent contact with visitors and those you live with.
If you have symptoms that are consistent with the coronavirus, it is highly advised that you monitor your health very closely. If you have relatives or loved ones living in nursing homes, we do not recommend that you visit them. Contact your doctor or local hospital if your symptoms get worse or if new symptoms surface.
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COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes and other Long-Term Care Settings
Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities can take steps to assess and improve their preparedness for responding to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This checklist should be used as one tool to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan, including plans for:
- Rapid identification and management of ill residents
- Considerations for visitors and consultant staff
- Supplies and resources
- Sick leave policies and other occupational health considerations
- Education and training
- Surge capacity for staffing, equipment and supplies, and postmortem care
- The checklist identiﬁes key areas that long-term care facilities should consider in their COVID-19 planning.
- Long-term care facilities can use this tool to self-assess the strengths and weaknesses of current preparedness efforts.
- This checklist does not describe mandatory requirements or standards; rather, it highlights important areas to review to prepare for the possibility of residents with COVID-19.