Protecting patients from COVID-19, especially its complications, should be a priority for all nursing home staff. And since the first reported deaths happened at a nursing home located near Seattle, long-term facilities should have been taking extra precautions to save their residents. Have Illinois nursing homes managed to do this?
Illinois Nursing Homes and COVID-19
As coronavirus spread across the nation, it became evident that the disease targeted some of the frailest members of our society. Some studies show that residents of nursing homes make up roughly 43% of coronavirus deaths in the United States. Many of these deaths occurred in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
As of the writing of this article, there were 14,882 COVID-19 cases found in Illinois long-term care facilities. Sadly, at least 2,402 people have lost their lives. Depending on which source you use, nursing home deaths total nearly half of all Illinois COVID-19 deaths.
Residents of nursing homes often have underlying health conditions that make them more vulnerable to any infection. However, owners and management still are responsible for safeguarding them against abuse and neglect. When facilities fail at protecting patients from COVID-19, they may be guilty of nursing home neglect.
The Nursing Home’s Duty of Care Explained
The residents of nursing facilities and their families have a right to expect a certain level of care. Each patient’s care should be appropriate for his or her individual needs.
Illinois laws set out the responsibilities nursing homes have toward their patients. Also, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) inspects long-term care facilities to make sure they follow the law.
For example, Section 2-107 of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act states:
“An owner, licensee, administrator, employee or agent of a facility shall not abuse or neglect a resident.”
The COVID-19 pandemic was unexpected. However, Illinois laws still apply.
Protecting Patients from COVID-19 Should Have Been a Top Priority
Have you lost loved ones because their nursing home failed to protect them from COVID-19? You may have a claim against the nursing home for their neglect.
At Osvaldo Rodriguez, PC, we have over 20 years’ experience helping clients with nursing home injuries and neglect. Schedule a free initial consultation with Osvaldo Rodriguez, a lawyer who has dedicated his career to assisting people like you. Just call us at 708-716-3441 or fill out the Contact form on our website. We represent clients throughout the state of Illinois, including Chicago, Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berwyn, Chicago, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, and all of Cook County, Lake County, Kane County, Dupage County, and Will County.
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