Martha and William Ames died of COVID at the Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center. The family asserts the facility lacked infectious control policies, safe staffing, or enough personal protective equipment to maintain the health, safety, and well-being of the residents. At least, 15,000 residents statewide died from Covid-19.
The family’s lawsuit also states the Ames suffered from malnutrition, dehydration, urinary tract infections, and injuries of unknown origins. However, nursing homes and hospitals have immunity for neglect and abuse from March 2020 through April 2021. The lawsuit will challenge the immunity New York granted to negligent facilities. The Ames’ daughter Susan A. Fuller said:
“Things were bad at that nursing home way before the pandemic and things were exacerbated with the pandemic. It is definitely their fault my mom and dad died of Covid.”
“Only after it was uncovered that they were hiding the amount of deaths, and after the AG Letitia James blasted the nursing homes for their reckless conduct, were we able to repeal this ridiculous law which stripped thousands of grieving families of their right to sue,” he said.
Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) believes:
“The hospitals and nursing homes are trying to protect their bottom line. It has nothing to do with the needs of patients or residents. The immunity law I believe was unconstitutional and should never have happened.”
These immunity laws are unnecessary. Giving blanket immunity is unconstitutional. A jury should decide these cases.