Posted October 5, 2020
After months of unanswered questions, and final burial plans put on pause, many families who have lost loved ones due to COVID-19 have taken action against the nursing homes that have allowed their loved ones to suffer due to negligence.
For families in Geneva, Illinois who had loved ones in the Bria Health Services nursing home, these concerns of negligent actions have come to the forefront as a lawsuit has been filed against the facility claiming that they did not have enough staff to adequately care for residents, they had failed to provide and enforce staff to wear personal protective equipment, did not force COVID-19 testing to prevent transmission to residents, thusly claiming that the facility was grossly negligent and engaged in willful and wanton conduct by failing to take the necessary steps to protect residents from the virus and provide adequate care.
Lawsuits like this are popping up across the country, with not only families who have lost loved ones coming to the stand, but former employees offering evidence that more could have and should have been done to protect the most vulnerable.
But for those wanting to press charges for the neglect that occurred within these facilities, there are things they should know.
Why Timing Matters in COVID-19 Nursing Home Lawsuits
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that more should have been done to protect not only the residents within these nursing homes but also to protect and provide for the nurses, doctors, and staff placing themselves at risk every day.
However, given the liability protections across the board that has been given, families looking to take legal action against these facilities must be mindful of the timelines in which events occurred.
For example, in the early stages of COVID-19 in mid-February where information was scarce, it is unlikely that a case will be successful because of the lack of information on asymptomatic transmission. But if a nursing home failed to make changes and implement safety measures by mid-March, families are more likely to seek justice successfully.
But families have to be prepared for the long haul because these cases will not be easy and are likely to extend months or years given the newness of COVID-19 lawsuits. But they are doable with the right legal team behind you.
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