Nursing homes are supposed to keep residents healthy. However, infections like Coronavius / COVID-19 can run rampant in nursing home facilities. The law requires nursing homes to implement an Infection Control Program but such programs can fall short of patient needs. Infectious diseases threaten the health of residents and risk death or serious complications. Unfortunately, nursing homes fail to identify and treat treat even significant infections from occurring in residents.
Infections like COVID-19 can quickly and easily spread in a nursing home because residents live in close proximity to each other. Typical infection control policies include washing hands, wiping down surfaces, and cleaning dirty equipment. At a minimum, these policies help to eliminate bacteria and are recommended and required by law.
When a resident contracts COVID-19 it is essential that a nursing home react swiftly and effectively. The best thing nursing home staff can do is to identify an infection early and treat it as soon as possible. This includes taking measures to prevent spread to staff and other residents. Once the infection is cured, nursing home staff should ensure it does not return or spread, and continually follow up with the resident after treatment. These simple steps can prevent most infections in nursing homes and mitigate the damage from ones that do arise. Unfortunately, nursing home staff often fail to follow these easy procedures.
If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home due to COVID-19 or another infection, we encourage you to contact our nursing home negligence and abuse law firm. Due to lack of available testing, it may be difficult to establish that an infection is Coronavirus, but the specific infection may not matter to your case.
Nursing home abuse and negligence claims involve many complex legal and medical issues. Having the right attorney is essential to recovering what you deserve. Our Midwest nursing home abuse law firm will do everything possible to assist you in obtaining the maximum compensation you deserve. More importantly, our firm will serve as an ally that will give you and your family the respect and compassion it needs. Contact us to protect your family today.