Wrongful Death Under COVID-19

Posted on: May 14, 2020
COVID-19 / Coronavirus Quarantine / Wrongful Death Attorneys / Orlando Oviedo Winter Springs Altamonte Longwood Lake Mary Sanford Lawyers / Beers and Gordon P.A.As of this writing, more than a million cases and more than 80,000 deaths have occurred in the United States as a result of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Understanding the origins of this wide-spreading virus as well as where officials could have done better to contain the spread is a difficult, but necessary task for protecting ourselves from the risk of a next time. But the one area that wrongful death attorneys are finding much easier to assess is the negligence of any health care provider who did not take adequate measures to protect patients.

For example, an Intermediate Care Facility at Foster Creek in Portland, Oregon has come under fire over the last several weeks not simply because 30 people have died from COVID-19, but because, as a new lawsuit suggests, more than half of those people did not have to die, had the facility taken more careful measures to notify patients of an at-risk resident and to take careful precautions under the circumstances.

On April 16, state officials released an inspection report of the facility, noting employees did not wash their hands, failed to properly socially distance and were not trained in how to slow the spread of infection.

Over in Kansas City, a similar case wrongful death rose up last month when the Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation center failed to contain the spread of COVID-19 when it was evident that residents and staff were showing signs of fever and coughing, without adhering to social distancing guidelines. 27 people had died at the time of the lawsuit, accounting for nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 deaths in the city.

While individuals may squabble over their rights under quarantine, it is the responsibility of every health care facility to adhere to CDC guidelines and recommendations during the care of patients.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a wrongful death, a personal injury, or a motor vehicle accident, please contact the law offices of Beers and Gordon P.A. for a free consultation. Our firm serves all of Seminole, OrangeVolusia, Lake, and Brevard counties, including Oviedo, Winter Springs, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Longwood, Winter Park, Lake Mary, and Greater Orlando. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience ready and willing to go the distance on your case. Call us right away at 407-862-1825.

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