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The COVID-19 pandemic, as you know, has changed our way of life. People have lost their jobs, closed their businesses, and, worst of all, many have lost their lives. Unfortunately, those living in nursing homes in New York and New Jersey are particularly at risk, and the horrific number of COVID-related deaths in nursing homes continues to rise.

Of course, we have a tremendous amount of respect for our healthcare workers on the frontlines, however, it is no secret that many nursing homes have been in disrepair for a long time, and this virus has brought that disturbing fact to light. Nursing homes are currently understaffed, underprepared, and are struggling to contain the spread of the disease.

Though many states, including New York and New Jersey, have granted healthcare facilities, such as nursing homes and hospitals immunity from lawsuits alleging medical malpractice families of those who believe their loved ones have passed away wrongfully still have legal options. Cases wherein victims and their attorneys can prove that “gross negligence” was the cause of death will most likely be entitled to compensation. 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.”

That being said, these lawsuits will not be easy to win, which is why you will need an experienced Bergen County personal injury attorney on your side. We understand how troubling these times are for everybody, and especially if you wrongly lost your loved one to the gross negligence of a nursing home, which is why we are here to help. If you have any additional questions regarding the claims process ahead, please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable, compassionate attorneys today.


When someone is injured due to another party’s negligence, it is only right that they receive the justice they deserve. As a victim, your only job is to call us, and we will take it from there. Please, do yourself a favor and do not wait. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident and is seeking financial compensation, contact the legal team at McNerny & McAuliffe today. Our firm is also experienced in handling legal matters relating to divorce, family law, criminal law, and more. We are here to help.

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