Coronavirus and Negligence in Texas Nursing Homes
There is much to be discovered about Coronavirus (COVID-19), but what we do know is that the elderly are at far more risk for potential fatality than the rest of the Texas population. For these vulnerable people in nursing homes, containment and social distancing measures may have been enacted too late, resulting in exposure to Coronavirus. If this has affected your family, you probably have questions about how to handle a coronavirus claim in Texas. Our team of dedicated and experienced attorneys at Carabin Shaw can answer any questions you may have and help you take legal action.Can I Sue for Coronavirus and Negligence in Texas Nursing Homes?
Although there was little time to prepare in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, nursing homes should have had prepared plans in case of an emergency. But some nursing homes are severely underprepared to follow state and federal regulations, and their failure to prepare has had massive consequences for their residents and the residents’ families. According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, over 230 coronavirus-related deaths have occured in nursing homes.
It is the nursing home’s responsibility to take care of these vulnerable parties, especially in the face of a pandemic. Federal law mandates that residents have certain medical rights in nursing homes and care facilities, such as monitoring residents for any presence of infection. The CDC has advised healthcare employees to do the following:
- Practice proper hand hygiene
- Wear personal protective equipment
- Regularly disinfecting surfaces and objects
- Restrict visitors and other nursing home residents from contact with infected patients
If a nursing home has failed to provide adequate care to identify coronavirus and contain its spread, our Texas personal injury attorneys may be able to help you take legal action for a negligence claim. If your loved one has wrongfully died due to contracting coronavirus in a care facility, we can help you file a wrongful death claim.What Damages Can I Claim in a Nursing Home Coronavirus Lawsuit?
If you are wondering what types of damages you may be able to receive for your coronavirus claim in Texas, here are a few:
- Medical expenses - It is likely that there will be very expensive medical bills if you or your loved one has contracted coronavirus. These damages will ensure you are reimbursed for your medical expenses.
- Pain and Suffering - You may be entitled to compensation for any pain and discomfort experienced while infected and any long-term damage after recovery.
- Emotional distress - Contracting a virus like coronavirus will affect you physically and emotionally. You may experience anxiety, insomnia, and depression as a result, especially if you lost a loved one.
- Loss of Consortium - These damages can be sought when an injury results in a loss of companionship or inability to maintain a sexual relationship with a spouse. These damages are typically given in wrongful death lawsuits.
Our lawyers have handled dozens of cases involving negligent nursing homes, and we will treat your case with the utmost expertise and compassion. Get in touch with us at your earliest convenience so we can get started on your potential lawsuit.
Have you or a loved one been exposed to Coronavirus in a Nursing Home in Texas? The Lawyers at Carabin Shaw Want to Help.
If you or a loved one contracted coronavirus in a nursing home, it is crucial to have an attorney by your side. We know how difficult it is to navigate the legal process while your loved one is ill. This pandemic has taken so many lives already, and we want to ensure the responsible parties are held accountable. If you have any questions about coronavirus and negligence in Texas nursing homes, call us today. We offer a free initial consultation with one of our Texas personal injury attorneys at 1-800-862-1260.