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Veterans Home COVID-19 Lawsuit

Veterans Home COVID-19 Lawsuit

Veterans homes have been hit with some of the deadliest outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting COVID-19 induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) at a veterans home, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Coronavirus Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Hit With Class Action After 76 Deaths

In July 2020, a federal class action lawsuit was filed by family of a Korean War veteran who died of COVID-19 at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. The outbreak killed at least 76 residents and infected 84 others during an 11-week period from March 25 to June 12.

Family of U.S. Army Veteran Files COVID-19 Death Lawsuit

In May 2020, the grieving family of a U.S. Army veteran who died of COVID-19 filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Hollywood Premier Healthcare Center in California, where at least 16 residents died and over 100 infections occurred.

The lawsuit was filed by the family of Vincent M., 84, who died on April 4. His daughters were not told about his illness until 3 days before his death. Furthermore, they claim they saw staff failing to wear masks and gloves.

The lawsuit also claims there has been a “long-standing practice of keeping the nursing home understaffed and skirting safety and infection controls.”

Deadly Coronavirus Outbreak at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

At least 76 veterans died of coronavirus at the Holyoke Soldier’s Home, making it the deadliest COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. at any nursing home. The death-toll skyrocketed within weeks. More than 160 other residents and employees have also tested positive.

Veterans’ Home Had Staffing Shortages for Years

The veterans’ home in Massachusetts has had staffing shortages for years. Because staffing was so tight, employees frequently traveled between units to help out, bringing viruses with them. The residents were also crammed together as units shut down due to a lack of staff.

“Veterans were on top of each other,” one employee said. “We didn’t know who was positive and who was negative and then they grouped people together. … That’s when it really blew up.”

Lawsuit Claims VA Puts Veterans At Risk of Coronavirus

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been hit with a lawsuit from veterans who say the VA is risking their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic by closing 56 regional offices and forcing veterans to attend in-person exams or risk losing their benefits.

What Should Veterans Do?

Veterans with symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, fever, or shortness of breath should immediately contact their local VA facility to explain their condition and speak with a healthcare workers.

Older Adults May Have Unusual Symptoms of COVID-19

Many veterans are older adults who do not have typical symptoms of COVID-19, according to the CDC. Instead, they may show unusual coronavirus symptoms:

  • Seeming “off” — not acting like themselves
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Not eating
  • Seeming unusually apathetic, confused or disoriented
  • Painful swallowing
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness or headache
  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • Runny nose or congestion

COVID-19: What Older Adults Need to Know

Source: COVID-19 Resources for Veterans: The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Do I have a Veterans Home COVID-19 Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting COVID-19 induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) at a veterans home, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Coronavirus Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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