Representing injury claims surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
We are currently investigating all claims surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Specifically, we are investigating whether all reasonable steps were taken to protect individuals from the spread of this deadly disease. We represent patients, physicians, nursing home residents, and prisoners, among others.
Nursing Home Coronavirus Exposure
Nursing Home residents are some of the most vulnerable members of our community and require proper protection from Coronavirus (COVID-19). Unfortunately, thousands of nursing home residents in the New York Metropolitan area alone have unnecessarily fallen ill and died due to the Coronavirus. Many of these deaths go unreported and the families of nursing home patients are left in the dark.
A nursing home health care provider in Brooklyn, NY, and client of the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm, explained that despite repeated requests for masks, care providers were “told not to wear a mask until people were sick, and it was too late.” This care provider became sick herself, requiring ventilator assistance.
Cobble Hill Health Center Fails to Protect Vulnerable Residents from COVID 19
At the Cobble Hill Health Center in Brooklyn, NY, there have been a state-record 55 resident deaths from COVID-19, as reported by the NYS Department of Health. Families of the nursing home victims, including clients of the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm, have come forward and are outraged that Cobble Hill never informed them about the presence of COVID-19 and conditions at the facility. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the staff wore trash bags due to lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and patients were dying so quickly that refrigerated storage was at capacity.
Letters were sent to the family of Cobble Hill Health residents advising that visitation was being limited due to COVID-19 on March 10, 2020. Not until April 17, 2020, in response to coverage by the press, did Cobble Hill Health admit to the public that COVID-19 was present at the facility.
As reported by The Gothamist, Mina Clark, age 37, a patient of Cobble Hill Health recovering from orthopedic surgery, had sleepless nights listening to elderly patients calling for oxygen, which cries went unanswered. After Clark’s neighbor fell out of bed, slumped over, she begged for help but nobody came.
Donny Tuchman, CEO of Cobble Hill Health, has sought to blame state health officials for lack of protective equipment. However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has publicly stated that it is the Nursing Home’s responsibility to have protective equipment and protect (PPE) this vulnerable population.
The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm remains committed to protecting the most vulnerable. We routinely handle Nursing Home claims and are investigating neglect and abuse claims as related to the Coronavirus.
Specifically, whether families of residents were timely advised of infections, whether nursing facilities followed applicable state and federal guidelines, whether infected patients were timely transferred, and what steps were taken to isolate and protect residents.
Essential Employee Protection
While individuals continue to shelter-in-place to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) others have to keep going to work, known as essential workers, risking their health every day to complete their duties.
While employers of essential workers must take all reasonable steps in order to protect employees from Coronavirus infection, this is not always the case. A Health Care Aide, and client of the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm, explains that her employer failed to provide, and in fact discouraged the use, of protective gear including masks and gloves. Despite repeated requests for masks, care providers were “told not to wear a mask, until people were sick, and it was too late.” The care provider became sick herself, requiring ventilator assistance.
As reported in the New York Times: Employees are being directed to show up at work despite reporting coronavirus symptoms, which puts both employees and customers at risk. This is in addition to failing to provide appropriate medical equipment and social distancing precautions.
Other concerns involve employers forcing non-essential employees to report to work where they risk harm to themselves and others.
The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm routinely handles employment injury claims and is currently investigating claims related to the Coronavirus. The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm is also advocating for legislation to create a monetary fund to assist those essential workers who have become ill due to Coronavirus. If you are ready to take to the next steps, contact the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm today.
Coronavirus Prisoner Exposure
Medical neglect and unsanitary conditions at prisons are being exacerbated by Coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure. As reported by the Legal Aid Society, New York City Jails currently have an infection rate of 7.8%, as of April 13, 2020, which is more than five times that of New York City as a whole. Prisoner deaths have been reported in both State and Federal Facilities due to Coronavirus. Prisoners are being placed in confined areas with exposed inmates and limited equipment, allowing the virus to spread.
The Fuchsberg Law firm routinely represents injured prisoners and is investigating whether all reasonable steps have been taken to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the prison system.
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