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Life Care Center In Washington State Faces First Lawsuit Alleging Wrongful Death, Fraud Over Coronavirus Outbreak

  • April 16, 2020

The Hill (4/15, Kelley) reports “the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., the site of one of the first coronavirus outbreaks to hit the U.S., was slapped with its first lawsuit alleging wrongful death and fraud regarding one of the 37 fatalities associated with the clinic.” A daughter of “a resident at the Life Care Center during the” outbreak “claims that she discovered” her mother “was ill with COVID-19 on March 3, and was notified 22 hours later of her mother’s death via voicemail.” The mother “had preexisting conditions including an autoimmune disease and dementia.” The suit “claims that Life Care Center was aware of the respiratory infection outbreak at the facility since January, but ‘lacked a clear plan of action leading to a systemic failure.’”