Charlotte Nursing Homes and Coronavirus (Covid-19)
As coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, North Carolina governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency to deal with the crisis. Many people have questions about Covid-19, particularly how it may affect their loved ones in a nursing home. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, our Charlotte wrongful death attorneys want to discuss how this virus could affect nursing homes in our area and what you can do to keep your loved ones safe.
Covid-19 is here and our nursing home residents are at risk
As of this writing, we know that Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency for North Carolina over concerns about Covid-19. This deadly strain of coronavirus has impacted the world, and we know that there are certain groups of the population at more risk of harm due to this disease.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following groups of people are at higher risk of getting very sick or dying due to Covid-19:
- Older adults
- Those with serious chronic medical conditions, such as:
- Lung disease
- Heart disease
- Weakened immune system
Of particular concern are those who reside in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina. As we have seen in Kirkland, Washington, Covid-19 can be detrimental to nursing home residents. There, at the Life Care Facility in Kirkland, 13 elderly nursing home residents have died. This has been the epicenter for US deaths due to coronavirus and should send an ominous warning to the rest of the country.
Are the nursing homes and long-term care facilities equipped to handle Covid-19?
A major concern is the shortage of nursing home and long-term care facility staff. Even before the Covid-19 outbreak, these facilities have typically not had an adequate number of employees. If coronavirus forces a quarantine and nursing home employees are not able to get to work, who will be there to assist nursing home residents? Will infection control protocols remain effective when these facilities are working with the bare minimum number of employees?
It is vital that nursing homeowners and operators work with state and federal agencies to properly plan for what happens if mass quarantines become necessary for public health.
Let us help you with your case
If you or somebody you care about is concerned about Covid-19 in a nursing home, please refer to federal and state agencies for guidelines and assistance. If your loved one was in a nursing home and died due to Covid-19 issues (due to the virus or staffing problems at the facility), seek legal assistance immediately. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, we will investigate what happened in order to secure any compensation you are entitled to. This can include:
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of companionship damages
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of future income and benefits of the deceased
- Cost of pre-death medical care
- Possible punitive damages against those responsible