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How the Pandemic Has Changed Elder Law for Good

COVID has brought about drastic changes to every industry, and like many professionals, lawyers have had to adapt to the challenges and “new normal” posed by the pandemic. In many ways, attorneys had to reinvent themselves to become “COVID-19 attorneys”. And while some law firms were forced to close their doors, others learned how to adjust their focus to meet the unique needs of the pandemic. 

Elder law is one area that’s been fundamentally changed by COVID-19. Specifically, in New York state, where a COVID-related nursing home scandal continues to unfold, attorneys in the field of elder law are having to represent an increasing number of clients in the COVID niche. As more and more information comes out—pointing to Governor Cuomo and the state health department’s involvement in the dramatic death toll at nursing homes—problems that have been plaguing the industry for years have continued to surface.  

John Dalli of Dalli & Marino Shares His Thoughts on Elder Law with the American Bar Association Journal

Nursing homes throughout the state of New York were hit hard by the coronavirus, causing many residents to lose their lives. In a report released by New York Attorney General Letitia James, as many as 20 nursing homes were potentially involved in conducting improper pandemic procedures. As a result, many law firms have overnight had to pivot to become “COVID law firms.” John Dalli of Dalli & Marino was recently interviewed by the American Bar Association Journal on how his law firm successfully adapted to help families navigate the loss of their loved ones to COVID. 

Dalli shared with the journal that in order to successfully help clients who lost loved ones at nursing homes, he had to start with learning everything he could about the virus—how it spread and specifically, how it affected nursing home residents. He also shared that to provide families with additional resources, he added a COVID-specific page on his website along with essential information for clients. Shortly after the pandemic unfolded, Dalli publicly spoke out about the effect of the virus on nursing home residents and how the pandemic revealed the understaffing crisis that had existed in the industry for years. 

Call an Expert Nursing Home Coronavirus Lawyer in New York City

During unprecedented times, you hope you can rely on state leadership to protect vulnerable populations. Unfortunately, many nursing homes failed to implement essential safety precautions and procedures to protect both their staff and residents. This neglect of the elderly population put many nursing home residents at risk for COVID exposure. If you suspect a loved one was mistreated at their nursing home during the coronavirus pandemic, the attorneys at Dalli & Marino are here to help.

Our seasoned New York trial attorneys have been aggressively advocating for victims of nursing abuse since 1996. We are committed to cultivating strong relationships with our clients through trusted, reliable communication. Our team of skilled attorneys approaches each case on an individual basis and is dedicated to helping you recover the money you deserve to compensate you for your experience. Give us a call at (888) 465-8790 or complete our contact form today.