Industry Seeking Shocking COVID Immunity

Industry Seeking Shocking COVID Immunity

(AmericanProsperity.com) – The elderly are amongst the most vulnerable demographics to the coronavirus. America’s 15,600 nursing homes are pushing for states to provide them immunity from lawsuits related to COVID-19. As of April 27, nearly 27,000 elderly people have died of the disease in these facilities. Patient advocates say they’re concerned nursing homes accused of extreme neglect could potentially avoid liability and are against providing them immunity.

However, the industry says they’re only asking for immunity from “general negligence.” That would not rule out a lawsuit for “gross negligence” or extreme neglect. Nursing homes don’t want to be held liable for outcomes beyond their control, especially when guidance from government agencies is continually changing.

At least six states have provided temporary immunity from civil lawsuits. New York is the one state that allows for criminal protection. The immunity called for to cover nursing homes would only extend during the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.

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