The novel coronavirus has hit nursing homes in a profound way. The elderly are vulnerable when fighting this viral disease. Unfortunately, the elderly often have compromised immune systems, so when they contact the virus, it can quickly cause complications and can result in death.
Because COVID-19 is so contagious, many nursing homes in Colorado have suffered outbreaks. These outbreaks may have come from a lack of thorough screening of visitors, poor sanitation procedures, and poor protocol regarding sick patients within the nursing home.
If your loved one was in a nursing home and contracted coronavirus, it’s possible that nursing home neglect played a role. Whether your family member developed injuries or passed away because of their illness, you deserve justice. You can discuss your personal injury case with a Denver nursing home abuse lawyer from Justice for Colorado.
How Nursing Home Neglect Contributes to COVID-19 Outbreaks
Neglect is one of the most common forms of nursing home abuse. Typically, neglect occurs when caregivers don’t properly medicate their patients, don’t bathe them, or don’t give them daily attention and care. During the COVID-19 pandemic, neglect can involve a variety of negligent actions.
Nursing homes should have a specific protocol for sanitizing the building, patients, and visitors. When nursing homes don’t stick to a protocol, diseases can spread quickly. When a potentially deadly disease such as coronavirus trickles in and people don’t wash their hands, one sick visitor or patient can infect the entire facility.
Gathering Evidence to Prove Your Case
If your loved one contracts COVID-19 in a nursing home, it’s possible to prove neglect using evidence such as video footage, witness statements, or records from the nursing home. This evidence likely won’t show that your loved one got the virus, but it can show the possibility of getting the virus based on improper sanitation procedures.
If you can prove that the nursing home’s procedures didn’t protect your family member from contracting the virus, then you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Damages You Can Recover For Your Loved One
If you can successfully prove negligence against the facility, then you can recover compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. Depending on the severity of your loved one’s illness, your settlement may include coverage of medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. If you’re filing a wrongful death claim, you may recover funeral expenses.
Contact a Denver Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
This pandemic is tragic for the entire country and has left many of us feeling uncertain about the future. A nursing home should be a place of safety, but unfortunately, COVID-19 has no mercy. If you believe negligence played a role in your loved one’s illness or death, contact a Denver nursing home abuse lawyer at Justice for Colorado.
You can schedule a free, virtual consultation with our team by filling out the contact form below or by calling 303-647-9691.