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More Nursing Home Lawsuits in New Jersey Raise Serious Questions

By Lependorf & Silverstein on April 9, 2022

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Nursing homes throughout New Jersey are facing a surge of COVID-19 related lawsuits, and the resulting legal battles could be intense. As the two-year statute of limitations comes to an end, plaintiffs are left with no other choice but to take direct legal action. In many situations, these plaintiffs are the family members of deceased nursing home patients who passed away due to COVID-19 infection. These family members are diligently pursuing justice and fair compensation for everything they have been forced to endure. Thanks to these committed citizens, we may be able to bring awareness to real problems within our nursing home industry. Perhaps when the next pandemic hits, we will be more successful in protecting our valued senior population.

If your loved one was injured or killed due to COVID-19 infection at a nursing home, you might want to get in touch with a qualified personal injury attorney at your earliest convenience. With help from one of our legal professionals, you can assess your unique situation and determine the right path forward. Even if you merely suspect that your elderly relative may have passed away due to some kind of negligence or mistake, you should still get in touch with a lawyer to ask questions and go over your options. There may have been other seniors who also suffered injuries or deaths at the same facility, and you may be able to join other families who are equally concerned.

Andover Nursing Home Faces Numerous Lawsuits

Although many nursing homes are facing lawsuits in New Jersey, a few are in particularly dire straits. One of the most notable examples is the Woodland Behavioral Health and Nursing Center, and its sister site, Limecrest Subacute and Rehabilitation Center. A total of 16 families are now suing these facilities for COVID-19 deaths that they claim were totally preventable. These deaths occurred in the spring of 2020, and the suit was filed almost exactly two years later in Sussex County Superior Court.

But what exactly is this facility accused of doing wrong? The lawsuit claims that staff breached protocol by failing to keep track of outside visitors. They were also apparently negligent in food preparation. Finally, the employees were not subjected to proper oversight to ensure that infected individuals did not interact directly with the patients.

In truth, the Andover nursing home could face much worse legal consequences, as the New Jersey Herald reports that more than 50 families are now seeking to join the suit. If a judge determines that all of these plaintiffs have experienced similar injuries under similar circumstances, the suit will be certified as a class-action. Each of these families is bringing their own accusations of wrongful death, negligence, and medical malpractice. A mediation hearing is scheduled for the end of April.

While all of this is happening, the nursing home is also being investigated and threatened by federal regulators. These regulators have stated that they will halt all funding to the facility if violations persist. Officials have already gone through a long list of these alleged violations, which include abusive and negligent actions taken by staff members over the years.

The facility managed to escape being shut down by taking a few steps. When federal regulators saw that the organization was making an effort to prevent this from ever happening again, they let it keep its license. However, authorities still plan to shut the entire facility down by August 15th if further changes are not made.

Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today

If you have been searching for an experienced personal injury attorney in Princeton, New Jersey, look no further than Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured victims in the Garden State, and we can guide you toward a resolution. Often, this outcome involves a considerable financial settlement which you can use to cover funeral expenses, emotional distress, unpaid medical bills, and so on.

Due to the statute of limitations, it is best that you get in touch as soon as possible. Many families are now scrambling to file lawsuits against nursing homes because the statute of limitations is about to expire. Most seniors passed away during the early stages of the pandemic in 2020. Since the statute of limitations is usually two years, this means that your deadline is fast approaching. If you delay unnecessarily, you may lose the ability to sue. Get in touch today, and we can help you take your first steps toward justice.

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