Texas Coronavirus LawsuitNursing homes have reported over 84,000 deaths from outbreaks of COVID-19 nationwide. In recent weeks, a growing number of wrongful death lawsuits have been filed by family members.

Need a Texas Nursing Home Coronavirus Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one is a nursing home resident or employee who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or died of coronavirus, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.

UPDATE: How Many Nursing Home Residents Have COVID-19 in Texas?

As of October 2020, more than 4,300 Texas nursing home residents have died from COVID-19, which is about 25% of all COVID-19 deaths in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

As of October 2020, approximately 84,000 nursing home residents, staff, and long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19 nationwide, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation and the AARP.

Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Facility in Texas Hit With 2nd COVID-19 Death Lawsuit

At least two COVID-19 wrongful death lawsuits were filed against Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Facility in Carthage, Texas after a major outbreak. The second lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 54 year-old employee who died of COVID-19 on April 22. Briarcliff is accused of failing to provide staff with masks or any sort of Personal Protective Equipment.

Emergency Texas COVID-19 Task Force Sent to Nursing Home

An outbreak of COVID-19 among 22 nursing home residents has led the Texas Department of Emergency Management to send a task force to the Cambridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Richmond, Texas.

How Do Nursing Homes Avoid Deadly COVID-19 Outbreaks?

Nursing homes that acted immediately to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have successfully avoided deadly outbreaks of the virus among residents and staff.

The San Francisco Center for Jewish Living (SFCJL) has over 300 elderly residents — and zero cases of COVID-19.

How did this nursing home stop the virus, when so many other facilities have suffered huge COVID-19 outbreaks with dozens of deaths?

  • Early on, SFCJL  stocked up on Personal protective equipment (PPE) and face for employees, residents, and visitors.
  • SFCJL was one of the first nursing homes to start screening every visitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Teaching employees and residents about the importance of hand-washing and social distancing.
  • All staff and residents are tested for COVID-19 every few weeks.

COVID-19 Death Lawsuit Filed for Nursing Home Employee in Texas

In May 2020, a $1 million wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the mother of a Texas nursing assistant who died of coronavirus (COVID-19) after an outbreak at the West Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Austin, Texas.

Big Outbreak of Coronavirus Reported in Texas Nursing Home

A massive outbreak of coronavirus has been reported at a nursing home in Northeast Texas. At least 41 residents and staff tested positive at the Paris Healthcare Nursing Home in Paris, Texas, according to health officials:

Everyone absolutely MUST wear a mask whenever in an enclosed public place such as a grocery store. Everyone must practice social distancing. Everyone must wash their hands frequently. If everyone cooperates, it will make it easier for us to protect our community from this virus.”

What is the Problem?

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Texas, the vast majority of nursing homes in the state were cited for failures in infection-control procedures — most commonly, for not washing their hands.

Now, a growing number of Texas nursing homes are suffering from deadly outbreaks of coronavirus illnesses among residents and employees.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns:

“Given their congregate nature and resident population served (e.g., older adults often with underlying chronic medical conditions), nursing home populations are at the highest risk of being affected by COVID-19.”

Elderly People With Coronavirus May Have Unusual Symptoms

Once coronavirus hits a nursing home, it can spread rapidly. This is because many people who are infected do not show any symptoms. Furthermore, older people may not show typical symptoms like fever or cough. Instead, they may have atypical symptoms, like new or worsening malaise (generally feeling unwell), new dizziness, or diarrhea, according to the CDC.

High Death-Rate for Coronavirus in Older Adults

Early data in the U.S. shows a death-rate from coronavirus at 10-27% for people over the age of 85, followed by a 3-11% risk of death for people between 65 and 84 years old. This data was collected between February 12 and March 16, 2020.

How Nursing Homes Can Prepare for COVID-19

Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities must act immediately to protect residents, family members, and employees from outbreaks of COVID-19.

The basic strategies include recommendations to:

  • Keep COVID-19 from entering the facility
  • Identify infections early
  • Prevent spread of COVID-19
  • Assess supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and initiate measures to optimize current supply
  • Identify and manage severe illness

Source: Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (CDC).

Challenges of COVID-19 Infection Control in Nursing Homes

Nursing homes are accelerator for coronavirus outbreaks because the residents are so vulnerable.

Elderly residents in nursing homes often suffer from underlying health problems like diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. They live in close quarters. They also interact with multiple healthcare employees a day.

Nursing home residents often need high-contact healthcare, such as dressing, bathing/showering, using the toilet, and wound care. It can be nearly impossible for employees to avoid transferring pathogens — particularly when facilities do not have enough N95 masks, face shields, gloves, gowns, and other personal protective equipment.

Employees often work at multiple nursing homes — and if an employee is infected but has no symptoms, they can unknowingly spread coronavirus across locations.

Over 80% of Texas Nursing Homes Cited for Infection-Control Failures

There are over 1,200 licensed nursing homes in Texas and around 93,000 residents. Alarmingly, over 80% of Texas nursing homes have been cited in the last 3 years for poor infection-control procedures, including basic precautions like changing gloves and hand-washing, according to the Texas Tribune.

Texas Nursing Home Employee Dies from COVID-19

In April 2020, a nursing home employee died after contracting COVID-19. He worked at the West Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Austin, Texas for 25 years. Loved ones described him as a healthy 51 year-old with no underlying conditions.

Can I Sue a Nursing Home for Neglect?

Nursing homes have a responsibility to keep elderly adults as safe as possible. It’s not possible to prevent every illness or death, but alarmingly, many Texas nursing homes have a disturbing track-record of failing to take basic precautions to prevent disease.

Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuits for COVID-19

If your loved one was infected with COVID-19 at a nursing home in Texas, or died of coronavirus, you may be able to seek justice. Our lawyers may be able to help you hold the nursing home responsible for your loved one’s illness or death due to neglect and negligence.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits for COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

Wrongful death lawsuits have already been filed against nursing homes where patients died of COVID-19. One of the first lawsuits was filed against the Life Care Center of Kirkland, Washington, an early hotspot of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.

1st Nursing Home Hit With Coronavirus Death Lawsuit

In April 2020, the daughter of Twila J. Morin, a woman who died of suspected COVID-19 in early March, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home where she died — the Life Care Center of Kirkland, where more than 129 infections and 37 deaths have been reported.

Did Your Nursing Home Fail to Protect Your Loved One?

Before the lawsuit was filed against the Life Care Center, an inspection uncovered a large number of problems that contributed to the severity of the outbreak — leading to a $611,000 fine and sanctions.

Here are some examples of failures during the coronavirus outbreak:

  • The nursing home failed to quickly identify and quarantine sick patients as the number of COVID-19 illnesses skyrocketed.
  • The nursing home failed to tell the health department about a rapidly growing number of respiratory infections.
  • When the nursing home’s primary doctor fell ill with COVID-19, they did not have a backup plan. No doctor was on site for weeks.

The Tragedy of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Nursing Homes

COVID-19 infections in nursing homes are extremely tragic. In many cases, the victim is quarantined and dies alone, or suffers through a terrifying near-death illness with caregivers in full protective gear.

You Paid Top $$ for Care — So Why Wasn’t Your Nursing Home Prepared?

Nursing homes are extremely expensive. They also consume enormous amounts of money from state and federal governments through Medicaid and Medicare. Even so, an unacceptable number of these facilities have failed to take basic steps to control coronavirus.

Why Should I File a Lawsuit?

If your loved one’s infection or death was partly caused by your nursing home’s failures, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Your lawsuit could result in a settlement or other form of financial compensation for your elderly family member’s illness or death.

Settlements & Compensation for Nursing Home Lawsuits

Here are some examples of payable “money damages” you could be paid in a nursing home coronavirus lawsuit:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Hospital bills
  • Future medical care
  • Lost income for family members who are forced to care for a loved one
  • Long-term health problems
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Wrongful death
  • And more

List of Nursing Homes in Texas

  • Abilene TX — Medicaid and Nursing Home Planning, Taylor County
  • Amarillo TX — Bivins Memorial Nursing Home, Potter County
  • Amarillo TX — Vivian’s Nursing Home, Potter County
  • Athens TX — Green Oak Nursing Home, Henderson County
  • Austin TX — Oakcrest Manor Nursing Home, Travis County
  • Azle TX — Azle Manor Nursing Home, Tarrant County
  • Bangs TX — Bangs Nursing Home, Brown County
  • Bartlett TX — Will-O-Bell Nursing Home, Bell County
  • Bay City TX — Bay Villa Nursing Home, Matagorda County
  • Baytown TX — Swan Manor Nursing Home, Harris County
  • Baytown TX — Baytown Nursing Home, Harris County
  • Bertram TX — Bertram Nursing Home Inc, Burnet County
  • Bonham TX — Fairview Nursing Home, Fannin County
  • Bowie TX — Bowie Nursing Home, Montague County
  • Breckenridge TX — Colonial Ridge Nursing Home, Stephens County
  • Brownsville TX — Whispering Palms Nursing Home, Cameron County
  • Brownsville TX — Mother of Perpetual Help Nursing Home, Cameron County
  • Brownsville TX — Stat. Nursing Home Health Care, Cameron County
  • Buna TX — Buna Medical Center & Nursing Home, Jasper County
  • Burleson TX — Westhaven Nursing Home, Johnson County
  • Burnet TX — The Oaks Nursing Home L L C, Burnet County
  • Childress TX — Turner Nursing Home, Childress County
  • Clarendon TX — Shepards Crook Nursing Home Health Care, Donley County
  • Clarksville TX — Regency Nursing Home, Red River County
  • Claude TX — Palo Duro Nursing Home, Armstrong County
  • Cleburne TX — Fireside Lodge Nursing Home, Johnson County
  • Clyde TX — Clyde Nursing Home, Callahan County
  • Coleman TX — Holiday Hill Nursing Home, Coleman County
  • Commerce TX — Oak Manor Nursing Home, Hunt County
  • Cuero TX — Cuero Nursing Home, DeWitt County
  • Dalhart TX — Coon Memorial Nursing Home, Dallam County
  • Dallas TX — South Dallas Nursing Home, Dallas County
  • Dallas TX — Johnson Home Health Care Nursing Inc., Dallas County
  • Deport TX — Deport Nursing Home, Lamar County
  • El Campo TX — Garden Villa Nursing Home, Wharton County
  • Eldorado TX — Schleicher County Nursing Home, Schleicher County
  • Eldorado TX — Schleicher County Nursing Home, Schleicher County
  • Ennis TX — Odd Fellow-Rebekah Nursing Home, Ellis County
  • Farmersville TX — Hinton Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Collin County
  • Fort Worth TX — Lake Worth Nursing Home, Tarrant County
  • Fort Worth TX — Wedgewood Nursing Home, Tarrant County
  • Fort Worth TX — Westhaven Nursing Home, Tarrant County
  • Fort Worth TX — Village Creek Nursing Home, Tarrant County
  • Fort Worth TX – Texas long term care facilities — Watson Memorial Nursing Home, Tarrant County
  • Fort Worth TX — Shady Grove Nursing Home, Tarrant County
  • Franklin TX — Franklin Nursing Home, Robertson County
  • Fredericksburg TX — Fredericksburg Nursing Home, Gillespie County
  • Fredericksburg TX — Windcrest Nursing Home, Gillespie County
  • Galveston TX — All Nursing Home Health Services, Galveston County
  • Garland TX — Silver Leaves Nursing Home, Dallas County
  • Garrison TX — Garrison Nursing Home Inc., Nacogdoches County
  • Georgetown TX — River Haven Nursing Home, Williamson County
  • Gladewater TX — Gladewater Nursing Home, Gregg County
  • Gonzales TX — Cartwheel Lodge Nursing Home, Gonzales County
  • Grandview TX — Grandview Nursing Home, Johnson County
  • Groveton TX — Groveton Nursing Home, Trinity County
  • Hale Center TX — Legends of The Plains Nursing Home, Hale County
  • Hamilton TX — Forest Oaks Nursing Home, Hamilton County
  • Henderson TX — Autumn Nursing Home, Rusk County
  • Houston TX — Haynes Gertrude Nursing Home, Harris County
  • Houston TX — Lovett Place, Harris County
  • Irving TX — Ashford Hall Nursing Home, Dallas County
  • Jayton TX — Kent County Nursing Home, Kent County
  • Jefferson TX — Magnolia Manor Nursing Home, Marion County
  • Kenedy TX — John Paul II Nursing Home, Karnes County
  • Kenedy TX — John Paul II Nursing Home, Karnes County
  • Laredo TX — Falcon Lake Nursing Home, Webb County
  • Levelland TX — Levelland Nursing Home, Hockley County
  • Longview TX — Divine Care Home Nursing Services, Gregg County
  • Longview TX — Divine Care Home Nursing Services, Gregg County
  • Longview TX — Highland Pines Nursing Home Ltd., Gregg County
  • Lubbock TX — Bluebonnet Nursing Home, Lubbock County
  • Lubbock TX — Golden Age Nursing Home, Lubbock County
  • Lytle TX — Lytle Nursing Home, Atascosa County
  • Lytle TX — Lytle Nursing Home Inc., Atascosa County
  • Memphis TX — Memphis Nursing Home, Hall County
  • Mesquite TX — Balch Springs Nursing Home, Dallas County
  • Mexia TX — Haven Nursing Home, Limestone County
  • Mexia TX — Mexia Nursing Home, Limestone County
  • Mineola TX — Wood Memorial Nursing Home, Wood County
  • Mineral Wells TX — Resort Lodge Skilled Nursing Home, Palo Pinto County
  • Mission TX — Mission Nursing Home, Hidalgo County
  • Mount Vernon TX — Terry Haven Nursing Home
  • Nacogdoches TX — Oak Manor Nursing Home, Nacogdoches County
  • Nocona TX — Horizon Manor Nursing Home, Montague County
  • Nocona TX — Nocona Nursing Home, Montague County
  • Odessa TX — Deerings Nursing Home, Ector County
  • Olney TX — Seven Oaks Nursing Homes, Young County
  • Overton TX — Sunshine Nursing Home, Rusk County
  • Paris TX — Paris Nursing Home, Lamar County
  • Pasadena TX — Faith Memorial Nursing Home, Harris County
  • Pecos TX — Pecos Nursing Home, Reeves County
  • Perryton TX — Senior Village Nursing Home, Ochiltree County
  • Premont TX — Premont Nursing Home, Jim Wells County
  • Quanah TX — Quanah Nursing Home, Hardeman County
  • Quitman TX — Village Manor Nursing Home, Wood County
  • Ralls TX — Ralls Nursing Home, Crosby County
  • Ranger TX — Western Manor Nursing Home, Eastland County
  • Ravenna TX — Mullican Nursing Home, Fannin County
  • Rosenberg TX — Ft. Bend Nursing Home, Fort Bend County
  • San Antonio TX — Memorial Medical Nursing Home, Bexar County
  • San Antonio TX — St. Francis Nursing Home, Bexar County
  • San Diego TX — La Hacienda Nursing Home, Duval County
  • San Juan TX — San Juan Nursing Home, Hidalgo County
  • Sealy TX — Colonial Bell Nursing Home, Austin County
  • Seguin TX — Nesbit Nursing Home, Guadalupe County
  • Sinton TX — Sinton Manor Nursing Home, San Patricio County
  • Smithville TX — Towers Nursing Home Residents Line, Bastrop County
  • Spur TX — Dickens County Nursing Home, Dickens County
  • Stephenville TX — Stephenville Nursing Home, Erath County
  • Stephenville TX — Community Nursing Home, Erath County
  • Sterling City TX — Sterling County Nursing Home, Sterling County
  • Sulphur Springs TX — Woodhaven Nursing Home, Hopkins County
  • Sulphur Springs TX — Hopkins County Nursing Home, Hopkins County
  • Teague TX — Teague Nursing Home, Freestone County
  • Temple TX — Tutor Nursing Home Inc., Bell County
  • Texarkana TX — Edgewood Manor Nursing Home Reh, Bowie County
  • Texas City TX — Glover’s Nursing Home, Galveston County
  • Three Rivers TX — Three Rivers Nursing Home, Live Oak County
  • Tyler TX — Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Smith County
  • Vidor TX — Oakwood Manor Nursing Home, Orange County
  • Weatherford TX — Keeneland Nursing Home, Parker County
  • Weimar TX — Parkview Manor Nursing Home, Colorado County
  • Whitesboro TX — Whitesboro Nursing Home, Grayson County
  • Whitney TX — Park Plaza Nursing Home, Hill County
  • Zapata TX — Falcon Lake Nursing Home, Zapata County

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