Sadly, outbreaks of infections and diseases in nursing homes happen time and time again, putting the health of our loved ones in such facilities at risk. Even the recent outbreak of COVID-19 affected nursing homes disproportionately. According to the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP), nursing homes and assisted living facilities counted for 42% of COVID-19 deaths recently.
Some other community-acquired infections in nursing homes are:
- Urinary tract infections
- Gastrointestinal infections
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the fact that residents have compromised immune systems, suffer from other comorbid diseases, and are living at close quarters, all play together in increasing the risk for infectious diseases taking hold among nursing home residents. While younger adults can usually fight these infections successfully, for the elderly catching a disease such as pneumonia or influenza can be deadly.
If your relative suffered injuries or died due to an infection or other disease acquired in the nursing home, contact an infections outbreak and disease attorney. You may be able to hold a nursing home accountable and could potentially receive compensation. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now for a free consultation.
Minimizing the Spread of Infections and Diseases in Nursing Homes
Unfortunately, infections can quickly spread from person to person in nursing homes where many people live closely together. Physical contact, droplets from coughing or sneezing, airborne infection, and ingestion can spread infections.
A nursing home must keep all residents safe from harm. This includes preventing the spread of infections and diseases. It is extremely important that a nursing home has adequate policies and procedures in place to ensure that the risk of spreading infections throughout the nursing facility is as low as possible.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published extensive guidelines on how to minimize the spread of diseases in long-term care facilities. Some of the ways in which a nursing home can stop the spread of dangerous infections are:
- Identifying symptoms of infectious diseases
- Isolating sick residents
- Practicing meticulous hand hygiene
- Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and equipment regularly
- Using protective equipment
- Reducing the amount of social interaction in the care home
- Temporarily suspending visits
If a nursing home does not have a good plan of prevention in place, infections can potentially spread like wildfire and cause the deaths of several residents, such as what happened with COVID-19 in some facilities.
If your loved one suffered any harm or even died after a disease or infection outbreak at their facility, you could hold the nursing home accountable for neglect. Contact your Tulsa infections outbreak and disease lawyer, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, today for a free evaluation of your case.
You Could Recover Compensation in a Nursing Home Neglect Case
If you are thinking of taking legal action against a nursing home for negligence, you will have to prove the following elements in a personal injury or wrongful death case:
- The nursing home has a duty of care
- The duty of care was breached
- The breach was the cause of your loved one’s injury or death
- There are damages resulting from the injury or death
Generally, the nursing home has a duty of care for each resident. Federal and state laws protect the health and well-being as well as the interests of nursing home residents. The Nursing Home Reform Act 42 U.S. Code § 1395i–3 (3)(A) specifically states that a nursing home must, “establish and maintain an infection control program designed to provide a safe, sanitary, and comfortable environment in which residents reside and to help prevent the development and transmission of disease and infection.”
If your loved one suffered adverse health consequences or died as the result of a preventable infection or disease, you could recover compensation such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, and funeral costs, among others. You could also receive punitive awards if a nursing home were particularly neglectful and reckless in causing your loved ones’ injuries or death. Speak to a Tulsa infections outbreak and disease lawyer today about possible compensation for your damages.
Nursing Home Negligence May Contribute to the Outbreak of Infections and Diseases
When we catch an infection or disease, we do not normally think of holding someone responsible for getting sick, as most of us consider this a normal part of life. However, in a nursing home, the situation is quite different. First of all, nursing home residents are particularly frail and vulnerable. Getting infected with influenza, or the “superbug” MRSA, can easily cause fatalities in a nursing home.
Secondly, large scale infection and disease outbreaks in nursing homes are not inevitable. Outbreaks are preventable with good hygiene and adequate staffing when caught early. When a nursing home fails to employ adequate staff for monitoring residents or providing a good standard of hygiene, the home could be negligent.
A nursing home could also be negligent if the staff is not suitably qualified and trained to prevent infections. Nursing homes may try to cut corners and save money not only on staff but also on protective clothing, for example, making it difficult for employees to curb infections. There are several ways in which a nursing home can contribute to infections and disease outbreaks and fail in its responsibility to keep residents safe.
For a free legal consultation with an infections outbreak and disease lawyer serving Tulsa, call (800) 794-0444
Contact the Office of an Infections Outbreak and Disease Attorney for Help Today
Vulnerable nursing home residents can fall victim to disease and infection outbreaks that could have been prevented if a nursing home had taken the necessary steps. If your loved one suffered or died as a result of getting a preventable infection or other diseases in the nursing home, we may be able to help you get justice and hold the nursing home accountable.
While it can be challenging to prove nursing home negligence, we do not shy away from tough cases and know the laws about nursing homes. We can be by your side and assist with all aspects of building your nursing home neglect case, such as collecting important evidence and witnesses. There is no need to worry about the financial impact on your family as we do not charge any fees upfront and only get paid when we win your case.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today to speak to one of our team members about how we could help you get justice and compensation.