September 24, 2020   
Contact: Abby M. Reitz, Communications Manager

NAELA Joins Other Organizations Opposing Immunity Waivers

Washington, DC — The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) recognizes the tragedy of nursing home resident deaths since COVID-19 and the importance of holding nursing homes accountable for the care they provide to residents. There is currently a lack of incentive for nursing homes to improve conditions if they avoid liability for sub-standard care. 

Along with other organizations, NAELA has opposed any blanket immunity that would waive liability for nursing homes related to negligent or inadequate care during this pandemic. 

“The loss of life in nursing homes is horrific and immunity waivers would continue this harm, including preventing family members that have lost loved ones from using the law to hold nursing homes accountable for sub-standard care,” said NAELA President Wendy Cappelletto, Esq., CAP. 

NAELA understands that legal liability is an essential safeguard for ensuring that nursing home residents receive quality care and that family members have a means of redress where the resident was harmed and died from poor care. NAELA will continue to work with other organizations in opposing both federal and state immunity waivers.

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