The COVID-19 outbreak has significantly impacted everyone in the United States and the world. Those who own “non-essential” businesses have been forced to close up shop, for the time being, people are getting sick, and a wide array of adversities have presented themselves as a result. Unfortunately, one of the most affected populations is those residing in nursing homes.

Nursing homes are clustered, understaffed, and oftentimes, poorly managed. If your loved one was living in a nursing home and either passed away due to COVID-19 or suffered severe medical complications as a result of what you believe was nursing home negligence, you are most likely now looking to pursue legal action against that nursing home.

However, many states across the country are now giving nursing homes immunity from these lawsuits, using the defense that COVID-19 came on too quickly and they are doing all they can during this crisis. Of course, this is true for a number of nursing homes, however, there are many cases wherein your loved one’s sickness simply could have been avoided.

Though Maryland has not yet officially granted nursing homes immunity from these lawsuits, we have reason to believe that it is highly likely to happen in the future. That being said, you should note that even in states where nursing homes are granted immunity, individuals are still permitted to file lawsuits for what is known as actions of “gross negligence.” 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.”

These are unprecedented times, and all facets of the law are evolving as a result. However, if you believe you have a valid nursing home negligence claim, please do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced Maryland personal injury attorneys today. We are here to help you through every step of the claims process ahead.


If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you must reach out to one of our knowledgeable attorneys. At Timian & Fawcett, LLC, we provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to assisting our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.