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As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, our lives continue to be affected, both physically and financially. Unfortunately, in many cases, our most vulnerable population has been affected worse than all others: those living in nursing homes. As you may know, nursing homes are frequently in poor condition, even in the best of times. Now, many residents are contracting the virus, dying from it, and account for approximately 1/4 of all coronavirus-related deaths in New York State.

Of course, our healthcare workers on the frontlines of this pandemic are among the most dedicated, caring people in our society. However, because of the horrifying uptick of deaths in these nursing homes, many families are left feeling as though these facilities could have done more to save their loved ones’ lives.

Governor Cuomo has recently given various healthcare facilities, including nursing homes, immunity from lawsuits alleging medical malpractice, and perhaps with the best intentions. That being said, despite this immunity from “standard” malpractice lawsuits, individuals are still, in some cases, allowed to sue these medical facilities for what is known as “gross negligence.” Gross negligence is defined as the “lack of slight diligence or care” or “a conscious, voluntary act or omission in reckless disregard of a legal duty and of the consequences to another party.” Regular negligence, on the other hand, is basically lacking to use reasonable care.

If you are someone who believes your loved one lost his or her life due to the gross negligence of a nursing home, you may be able to sue that nursing home and receive the compensation your family needs. Our experienced Westchester County personal injury attorneys have helped individuals receive the justice you deserve for years, and we are ready to do the same for you. Please give us a call today if you have any questions about nursing home negligence or any other personal injury claim you may have.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.