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Elder Justice Newsletter Highlights “No Harm” Deficiencies – LTCCC

Below is a link to our latest Elder Justice Newsletter, published jointly with the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Substandard care and insufficient staffing are widespread and serious problems that have been in the news all too often lately. The nursing home industry has complained for decades that facilities don’t get enough money to hire more staff and that basic safety standards are too Read More >>

Frontline Workers in NYC Face Uphill Battle for Workers Comp After Contracting COVID-19 – amNY

Many New York healthcare workers have gotten COVID-19 from patients in their care, yet some employers are discouraging them from seeking workers compensation benefits, according to amNY. The recent story says the employees’ benefits would come from insurance companies many of whom have stashed billions in profits from the private workers comp system over the years. The story adds that many Read More >>

New York Lawmakers Want To Strip Nursing Homes of Coronavirus Lawsuit Immunity – New York Post

Two state legislators from New York City have announced a bill that would repeal the controversial law that shields nursing homes and hospitals from liability during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the New York Post. On April 3, Governor Cuomo signed the Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act, granting healthcare facilities and their employees “immunity from any liability, civil or Read More >>

Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits? Q&A for New York Frontline Healthcare Workers

If you are a frontline healthcare worker, chances are you or one of your co-workers became ill and were unable to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 78,000 of these essential workers across the U.S. have contracted the coronavirus so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many have been left to pay household and medical expenses while at home fighting the Read More >>

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Underscores Nursing Home Residents’ Vulnerability During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has made World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today even more crucial. The current health crisis has made older Americans more vulnerable particularly in nursing homes, which have banned visitation by family and friends. According to John Dalli, a partner in the nursing home abuse law firm Dalli & Marino, LLP, frequent nursing home visits are one of the most important Read More >>

LET OUR PEOPLE IN: A Blueprint for Restoring Residents’ Rights to Visitation and Care – LTCCC

Background. Visits from family and friends are vital to the health and well-being of residents in long term care facilities. In addition to providing the social connection and emotional support that all humans need to thrive, visitors provide essential monitoring and care. Too many residents have been robbed of this essential right at a time when they have needed it most. In March, the Centers Read More >>

Companies Use Legal Loophole to Avoid Accountability

Cases Involving COVID-19 Also Derailed Lurking in millions of product, service and employment contracts is a legal landmine called forced arbitration, which allows corporations to bypass the courts and railroad Americans into privately run tribunals that almost always favor the company. And now, during the COVID-19 crisis, nursing homes, ride-sharing companies and many others are using forced Read More >>

Find Out The Latest Breaking News About The Coronavirus and Nursing Homes at Dalli & Marino’s New York State COVID-19 Resource Center

Dalli & Marino, LLP continues to work for you and your families during the COVID-19 crisis. As part of our commitment, we’ve launched our New York State Nursing Homes COVID-19 Resource Center, dedicated to helpful news and information about the powerful, known effects of the pandemic on skilled nursing facility residents. You’ll also see updates about the regulations, legislation, Read More >>

John Dalli Warns That Immunity for Nursing Homes Will Cause More Resident Deaths – New York Daily News

By granting nursing homes immunity from liability for negligent care during the COVID-19 health emergency, Governor Cuomo has taken away from elderly residents the protections that the law provides to keep them safe in these facilities. The regulations that the Governor lifted have been in place for over 50 years and are the one thing that kept owners of nursing homes in check: laws with teeth Read More >>

Healthcare Worker COVID-19 Deaths Surge and Could Even Be Higher According to Latest CDC Data – NPR

More than 60,000 front-line healthcare workers have been infected with COVID-19 while more than 300 have died according to an NPR story on the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). What’s more disturbing is that the data doesn’t provide a complete picture of the coronavirus impact among front-line healthcare workers “because only 21% of the case reports sent Read More >>