The current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has been especially harmful to those older than 65. The virus spreads easily and quickly, and has taken its toll on many nursing homes nationwide. Sadly, putting a loved one into the care of a nursing home often results in more harm than help, and with coronavirus, the harm can be deadly. In California, “about half of the more than 3,600 deaths related to COVID-19...have been linked to nursing homes.”
Recently, the Los Angeles Times reported that the wife and family of 77-year-old Ricardo Saldana, have brought a Los Angeles wrongful death claim against the Glendale nursing home Glenhaven Healthcare, Saldana died due to COVID-19. The case alleges that the nursing home and its owners did not take “any precautions to identify or isolate employees or residents infected with or exposed to the virus.”
Saldana's family said they were barred from seeing him during the last month of his life due to visitor restrictions surrounding COVID-19. The suit alleges that Glenhaven did not provide protective equipment for staff members and were told not to wear masks. They also allowed an employee that had worked at another COVID-19 infected facility to come into work. Ultimately, Saldana was given a new roommate who had tested positive for COVID-19, which he contracted soon after.
The family argues that Glenhaven's negligence resulted in the death of their father, and hope that by bringing this case, they can “prevent this from happening to others, and...save lives.” It is truly tragic that nursing homes can be places that cause harm to your loved ones. However, your family member can be harmed not only due to the mishandling of diseases like COVID-19, but also due to neglect or even physical abuse by nursing home workers. If your loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse, or died while in a nursing home and you suspect abuse, you should reach out to a skilled Glendale wrongful death attorney who can help you bring a claim against the nursing home.
When you successfully bring a wrongful death claim against the nursing home responsible for the loss of your loved one, you can receive damages for your loss. This means financial compensation for the harm you suffered. Available damages can include:
- Any medical expenses incurred for treatment
- Money for additional care costs
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Compensation for emotional distress, pain and suffering
- Other damages under California Law
If you have lost a loved one in a nursing home, as a result of the mishandling of COVID-19 or other abuse, contact an experienced Los Angeles wrongful death attorney to assist with your wrongful death claim. Our skilled attorneys at the Kann California Law Group have experience helping families navigate wrongful death claims. We can discuss your situation in a free case consultation. We will look at the facts of your case and plan a legal strategy to help you get the best possible outcome in your situation. Contact us today at (888) 744- 7730.