The COVID-19 virus has proven to be resilient and doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. It is for this reason that Governor Tate Reeves amended the Safe Return order he initially issued to help curb the spread of the deadly virus that has already claimed 146,420 lives in the U.S. and infected 4,176,716 others. According to the amended order, visits to hospitals and nursing homes remain prohibited with some exceptions. One of those exceptions includes visits to patients who are receiving end-of-life care [Source: Meridian Star].
The amended order is expected to remain in effect until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 3rd.
Two other important executive orders that are worth expanding on include 1471 and 1503, which states that “Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare Facilities are immune from civil liability for any injuries or deaths while providing healthcare services including actions taken or not taken because of a lack of resources due to the pandemic that causes the Healthcare Professional or Healthcare Facility not to be able to provide the same care that otherwise would have been required.” The orders go on to say that the immunity does not apply to “malice, reckless disregard or willful conduct [displayed] by Healthcare Professionals or Healthcare Facilities.”
These orders are set to expire on July 31, 2020, and it isn’t clear whether the Governor will issue an extension so that they remain in effect.
Why are these orders important to the families who have relatives living in a Jackson, Mississippi nursing home?
Because the amended Safe Return order continues to prohibit visitors from entering a MS nursing home, families are having a more difficult time checking in on their loved ones to ensure they are receiving the appropriate care and supervision that is expected to be provided to them. If you find that the staff at your loved one’s nursing home isn’t addressing your concerns or even answering your calls, you may need to contact someone higher up or even a MS nursing home neglect lawyer if you suspect your loved isn’t being properly cared for.
The second set of orders that are mentioned above are extremely important to be mindful of as they do make it more difficult for families and residents to sue for nursing home abuse and neglect. Because we are facing unprecedented circumstances, lawmakers are looking to protect healthcare facilities in any way they can. However, even with the executive order in effect, nursing homes can still be sued if you can prove staff members knowingly neglected or intentionally harmed your loved one.
You can reach Ballard Law, PLLC at:
108 S. President Street
Jackson, MS 39201