(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.
#Nursinghomes have been at the center of America’s #COVID19 outbreak since the beginning.Some are now calling on local governments to grant immunity from civil law suits in relation to the pandemic.https://t.co/ykctjP0XWc
— GlatfelterHealthcare (@GHPinsurance) April 27, 2020
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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