The recent coronavirus pandemic has caused thousands of deaths and resulted in profound economic disruptions. Perhaps most frightening, however, is the impact this virus is having on members of our most vulnerable population: elderly adults. While families entrust nursing homes to care for elderly adults, the current COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light how some of these institutions are failing to provide proper and safe care.
Recent Developments in Nursing Home Negligence in Maryland
Countless stories in the local news media have reported that COVID-19 infection rates in Maryland nursing homes far exceeds the infection rate of the general population. Additionally, news reports have provided statistics that show nearly half of the deaths resulting from COVID-19 in Maryland occurred in nursing homes. This spike has been so pronounced that the state has been sending “strike teams” to nursing homes in order to provide emergency care and supplies.
Along with this, increased inspections by the State of Maryland have found many deficiencies in nursing homes such as:
- Lack of social distancing
- Failing to quarantine/isolate infected residents
- Poor hygiene controls, such as frequent hand washing
- Lack of personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Failing to monitor residents receiving drugs with potentially dangerous side effects
This has resulted in nursing homes being fined by the State of Maryland along with increased reporting requirements for COVID-19. These increased reporting requirements and inspections are likely to uncover evidence of other types of neglect.
Portner & Shure, P.A. Is Here to Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The attorneys at Portner & Shure, P.A. have been representing nursing home negligence victims in Maryland for over 25 years. During this time period, our attorneys have obtained excellent results, as seen in our numerous five-star reviews written by prior clients. Portner & Shure, P.A. receives no fee unless the client obtains a settlement or judgement in court. We are currently screening and taking Maryland and Virginia nursing home coronavirus cases.
To schedule a free consultation regarding your COVID-19 nursing home negligence case, contact us at 855-PORTNER (767-8637).