New Jersey To Pay Over $50 Million In Settlements Over COVID Deaths In State-Run Veterans Homes

During the COVID pandemic, over 100 American war veterans perished in New Jersey state-run veterans homes.

Now the state is going to have to pay ovr $50 million in settlements.

It’s an absolute disgrace that this was allowed to happen to veterans.

Breitbart News reports:

New Jersey Will Pay $53 Million over Coronavirus Deaths at State-Run Veterans Homes

New Jersey is set to pay approximately $53 million in settling claims its negligence contributed to the deaths of over 100 veterans in state-run homes amid the coronavirus pandemic, attorneys announced Thursday…

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Over 200 residents in the homes died amid the pandemic, and Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) administration was heavily criticized in April last year after instructing the homes not to turn away patients who tested positive for the illness…

In May 2020, New Jersey Democrats were silent regarding Murphy’s decision to place coronavirus patients in nursing homes, Breitbart News reported at the time…

“The rising problem of coronavirus deaths prompted New Jersey state Senate Republicans to call for an investigation into the coronavirus outbreak at New Jersey nursing homes,” the outlet said.

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NBC News in Philadelphia has more:

The settlement reached this week involved the families of 119 residents of veterans homes in Paramus and Menlo Park, according to attorney Paul da Costa. Da Costa’s firm represented 72 of the claimants, who will receive about $32 million in total. The families had filed notices of intent to sue but hadn’t yet formally filed lawsuits, da Costa said.

“This settlement of course does not replace their lost loved ones who served their countries honorably, but it certainly represents a good measure of civil justice,” da Costa said. “My clients do take satisfaction in the fact that there has been a resolution that they believe gives a voice to their lost loved ones.”

Will we see similar lawsuits over nursing home deaths? We should.

 

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