Kansas City Covid-19 Nursing Home Lawyer
Coronavirus/Covid-19 Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys Serving Kansas City and Surrounding Areas
The words Coronavirus and Covid-19 did not cross our minds, nor pass our lips until just several weeks ago. Most of us had never even heard the terms before. Now, they are the foremost topic of every conversation and dominate our local and national news programming. We find ourselves in the midst of a pandemic, as confirmed by the World Health Organization, who made an official announcement confirming the status mid-march. It is widely known that Covid-19 tends to strike the elderly and immunocompromised the hardest, along with any persons who may have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, and heart or lung disease. This is new ground and can be very confusing. If you feel your loved one has been compromised at their assisted living facility, call a Kansas City Covid-19 Nursing Home Lawyer at Smith Mohlman Injury Law, LLC today for experienced legal counsel.
The virus is primarily reported to be a respiratory/lung disease and its symptoms can range from mild to severe. As statistics show, some of the most alarmingly affected, have been and continue to be, our nation’s population of senior citizens. Our elderly loved ones are our most treasured family members, but unfortunately, they are also the most vulnerable, medically speaking. You may have questions about Covid-19 and your senior relative. That’s where we can help! Reach out to us as soon as possible.
Coronavirus Negligence Lawsuits
The number of cases among the elderly is increasing rapidly which begs the question, are the nursing homes to blame for their residents becoming infected?
In the midst of the impact on assisted living facilities, evidence is being uncovered that many nursing homes did not heed warnings and are not abiding by CDC guidelines. If a facility did not take the required precautions to prevent infection, and your loved one became ill or passed away, you may have a case of negligence or wrongful death. Especially if they contracted the disease by means which could have been prevented.
In the wake of a shocking series of infections and deaths at a nursing home facility in Seattle, and others around the country, serious questions are being raised about the conduct of nursing homes and their appropriation of steps to protect their occupants.
The CDC and other regulatory entities are calling for immediate action to protect residents, families, and healthcare personnel (HCP) in long-term care, nursing home, and assisted living institutions.
Covid-19 Reporting Requirements For Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Facilities
Ever-expanding requirements that nursing homes must adhere to include:
- Disclosing the existence and extent of COVID-19 cases within their facilities directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with state and local public health officials;
- Inform residents, their families, and representatives when residents or staff contract the illness; and
- Record and implement, in detail, the measures the facility is taking to mitigate the spread of the disease.
How A Kansas City Covid-19 Nursing Home Lawyer Can Help
Proving negligence is the most important step in winning your case. As in all other personal injury cases, negligence must be proven as it relates to the following:
- Duty – the facility owed a duty of care to the resident/patient;
- Breach of Duty – the facility failed in its duty by not exercising the degree of care necessary to keep the resident/patient free from harm (injury or illness);
- Damage – a provable injury or illness was suffered by the resident/patient while in the care of the facility;
- Cause – there must be solid proof that the breach of duty by the facility caused the resident/patient’s injury or illness.
It is important to request a copy of the nursing home’s infection control record and covid-related safety protocols, if available. They will be important tools used by our Kansas City Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys to review and compare them against their response to applicable standards of care. Our goal is to determine if the facility or a staff member is liable for negligence, as outlined above, which resulted in the infection or death of your precious loved one.
Smith Mohlman Injury Law, LLC employs particular, dedicated, and sensitive care when dealing with nursing home neglect and abuse cases, as we know how much our clients care for, and deeply respect, our inherently more vulnerable elderly loved ones. We understand the loving protection our clients strive to give their parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. We have a successful track record of producing real results for our clients. If your loved one developed coronavirus inside a nursing home or assisted living facility, demand justice, and seek the compensable damages to which you may be entitled.
These damages potentially include:
- Medical costs – the expenses of additional or extraordinary medical care and treatment relating to the infection of the disease.
- Emotional Distress / Pain & Suffering – meant to compensate you for all of the ways that you have had to suffer, adjust mentally, or grieve after your loved one has unnecessarily become ill or passed away.
- Wrongful death – expenses associated with funeral and burial.
- Punitive damages – meant to “punish” or deter the responsible party from continuing in negligent practices.
In the future, it is likely that class action claims will also be sought by the residents (or the heirs of deceased residents) against nursing homes for the negligent management of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nursing homes, hospitals, and other providers of healthcare could get named in these lawsuits.
Contact Us For Skilled And Compassionate Legal Guidance
Our experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys can help your family pick up the pieces after a coronavirus death inside an assisted living facility. Our law firm brings skill, focus, and kind understanding when dealing with this novel type of case.
We are here to investigate your potential Covid-19 lawsuit against the nursing facility that was tasked to care for your loved one. Reach out to Smith Mohlman, LLC, if you believe you have a nursing home Covid-19-related negligence case. Contact us at (816) 866-7711 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We offer free confidential consultations. Our team is standing by to help your family through this difficult and unprecedented time.