"Post Pandemic Litigation in Skilled Care and Assisted Living Facilities," MidlandsBiz

Posted On October 5, 2020

In an article published in MidlandsBiz on October 1, 2020, Kelli Sullivan discusses the impact COVID-19 has had on the health care industry and the risk for post-pandemic litigation.

“Because of the high morbidity rate and the rapid spread of this disease in the skilled care and assisted living environment, facilities have become prime targets for lawsuits alleging negligence in either the care or treatment of the patients or negligence in the manner in which the facility responded to the COVID-19 threat,” explains Sullivan. “Unfortunately, the pandemic caught many industries off guard, including health care facilities. Now, the industry is playing a game of “catch-up” while under threat of lawsuits.”

Sullivan further explains the importance of facilities having documentation properly stored and categorized, as well as implementing a good communication policy to residents’ family members.

“Now is the time for health care facilities to take steps to safeguard and protect their interests from the lawsuits that are likely to follow this unprecedented pandemic,” said Sullivan.

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