Coronavirus Death Toll Rises: Suing for Wrongful Death in Florida Nursing Homes
The state of Florida is a hotspot for the novel coronavirus outbreak. Florida has a large population of elderly individuals, and the elderly can more vulnerable than other age groups to this disease. Nursing homes have suffered from COVID-19 outbreaks throughout the state, and patients have died from complications because they have compromised immune systems.
If you live in the West Palm Beach area and your loved one has died in a nursing home after contracting COVID-19, you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Although it’s difficult to know who gave your loved one the disease, the nursing home has an obligation to follow specific protocol and keep your loved one out of harm’s way.
If you’re unsure whether you can file a personal injury claim, discuss your situation with a West Palm Beach wrongful death lawyer from The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo. We’ll speak with you in a virtual consultation and investigate the death of your loved one.
Why the Nursing Home May Be Guilty of Wrongful Death
The nursing home may be guilty of wrongful death if you can prove that negligence contributed to your loved one’s contraction of the coronavirus or their death after the contraction. For example, your loved one may have contracted the virus because the sanitation procedures at the nursing home weren’t up to par.
It’s also possible that your loved one would have recovered from the illness if it weren’t for the negligence performed by caregivers at the facility.
Proving Negligence in Your Loved One’s Wrongful Death Case
Your wrongful death lawyer in West Palm Beach can gather evidence to prove negligence such as witness statements, video footage, photographs, and medical records. With stay-at-home orders in place, it may take longer to file your claim.
Thankfully, the state of Florida has a two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits. If you need time after the COVID-19 pandemic ends to gather evidence, you’ll have it.
Damages You Can Recover in a Wrongful Death Settlement
Once you can prove negligence in your loved one’s wrongful death case, you can collect compensation for the damages your family has suffered. Damages may include medical expenses incurred before the death, funeral expenses, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
No one deserves to lose their life because of negligence, even in a pandemic situation. Your family deserves justice for what happened, and an attorney can work to maximize your claim.
Contact a West Palm Beach Wrongful Death Attorney
The world is in a state of emergency right now, and the future is uncertain. If you’ve been directly affected by COVID-19 and lost a family member as a result, you must fight for the settlement you deserve. The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo is open for free, virtual consultations during this time. We’ll work hard on your case so when things return to normal, you’ll be ready to file your claim.
To speak with a West Palm Beach wrongful death lawyer from our team, call 561-659-6366 or fill out the contact form below.