Connecticut – February 18, 2021

Meriden and Torrington Covid-19 recovery centers in Connecticut are closing as the number of infections in the state’s nursing homes is falling.  Athena Health Care Systems partnered with the state of Connecticut to operate COVID recovery to address sickness in the most vulnerable patients, while keeping other nursing home residents safe.  According to the Timothy Brown, Athena Director of Marketing, “We are pleased to say that we are now able to close both recovery centers. It really is positive news — it means that things are going in the right direction when it comes to this pandemic and that the recovery center model has worked.”  Victims of nursing home negligence, and families who have lost a loved one because of subpar care should contact a Connecticut elder law attorney for a case review.

Reasonable precautions.

 Connecticut  long term healthcare centers attempted to separate healthy residents from those that were infected by temporarily placement at separate facilities.  This measure was meant to reduce the outbreak among this vulnerable population who live in close proximity to each other with shared sources of food, water, air, medical staff, and equipment.  If the transfer to a COVID-19 treatment center resulted in harms to a nursing home resident, discuss the problem with legal counsel.

Resident bill of rights duty of care.

Administrative personnel must take reasonable measures to ensure caregivers follow updated state protocols, along with those already in place at nursing homes to protect residents in long-term residential facilities.  Nursing home abuse covers acts of negligence that cause, or exacerbate existing health conditions or place residents in danger.  The Nursing Home Reform Act under Title IV: of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 mandates that residents of long term care and nursing home facilities are treated with respect, and have access to the best possible current standards of care.  Deviations from facility cleanliness, staff hygiene and administrative infectious disease protocols could place a resident at risk and may be considered acts of unintentional negligence.

Statute of limitations.

The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Connecticut is two years from the date of the decedent’s death, but no more than five years from the time an act or omission has been identified related to the death. Connecticut General Statutes § 52-584 states that personal injury lawsuits for injuries caused by negligence, misconduct or malpractice must be filed within two years from when the injury was sustained, discovered or should have been discovered through reasonable care.

Seek legal counsel.

Contact a personal injury attorney in Connecticut if you, or a loved one suffered injury, or death caused by unsafe practices, inadequate precautions, and sustained exposure to other residents in a nursing home situation, or other long term residential care facility.  USAttorneys.com is a fruitful resource to find an experienced nursing home abuse attorney in Connecticut areas.

Sources.

https://ctmirror.org/2021/02/18/state-closes-covid-recovery-facilities-as-nursing-home-cases-continue-to-fall/

Connecticut General Statutes Title 52. Civil Actions  § 52-555

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12652388

https://www.congress.gov/bill/100th-congress/house-bill/3545/titles

 

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