GWC Injury Lawyers LLC has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of the estate of a nursing home resident who succumbed to COVID-19 following an ongoing pattern of abuse and neglect at Symphony of Joliet.
Known Risks of COVID-19 Exposure Ignored
The lawsuit alleges a pattern of neglect that preceded the COVID-19 pandemic and continued to the point where Symphony ignored known risks associated with Coronavirus exposure by failing segregate visibly ill patients exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and allowing infected staff members to treat their vulnerable resident population.
According to publicly released data, at least 127 Symphony residents have become infected with COVID-19, with at least three staff deaths and 24 resident deaths. The inexplicable number of cases and deaths at this facility have prompted calls for an investigation by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk.
“At a time when families were helpless to protect their loved ones inside the locked-down Symphony facility, Alice Negovan was trapped in an environment where COVID-19 was allowed to run rampant,” according to GWC Partner Lance Northcutt. “The human toll suffered by Alice’s family has been visited upon countless others who mistakenly believed the vulnerable resident population at Symphony would be protected by its management and staff.”
In the past three years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has found at least 47 distinct deficiencies in the facility’s treatment, care, and conditions – more than double the state and local averages.
Has Your Loved One Been Abused in a Nursing Home?
If your loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers.
With over $2 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements, GWC is one of the premier personal injury and workers’ compensation law firms in Illinois. Our firm takes pride in fighting for its clients and their families in all types of personal injury cases, including those involving wrongful death, nursing home abuse, motor vehicle collisions, workplace accidents, construction negligence, and medical malpractice.