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Attorney General Investigates State’s Nursing Homes – Hotbed of COVID-19 Fatalities

An investigation has been launched by the State Attorney General’s Office into the handling of COVID-19 by nursing homes in New Jersey. The investigation will focus on both civil and criminal liability and penalties for these facilities. The Office will be investigating the lack of staffing and mishandling that may have led to infection and death of patients, as well as the lack of transparency and failure to communicate with patients’ families during this distressing time.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal recently opened the investigation due to the rising levels of deaths and complaints related to COVID-19 that have been reported by patients and families to the State. Attorney Grewal was interviewed related the opening of the investigation.  He asserted that his Office would be looking into people cutting corners, putting profits over patients, inadequate staffing, and other negligence. Grewal noted the goal of the investigation was to hold facilities accountable for their actions, and further, to take a look to the future for the State’s nursing homes which should be places where patients should be able to feel safe and protected.  Attorney Grewal’s interview is referenced here.

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About this Author

Sharri Warfel, Shareholder

Sherri L. Warfel is a Shareholder and trial attorney in Stark & Stark’s Nursing Home Litigation Group. Ms. Warfel concentrates her practice in representing victims of abuse and neglect in nursing homes and other medical facilities. She handles cases involving claims of pressure ulcers, fractures or injuries from preventable falls, infection, abuse, and death. Ms. Warfel also maintains a personal injury practice for clients injured in accidents. She is a seasoned trial attorney and litigator who has settled and tried hundreds of cases in her years of practice.

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 Alex Fajardo, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, litigator, personal injury claims, nursing home malpractice

Alex J. Fajardo is an Associate in Stark & Stark’s Nursing Home Litigation Group. Mr. Fajardo concentrates his practice on personal injury claims, nursing home malpractice, and litigation with emphasis on wrongful death, catastrophic injury, negligence, and abuse claims arising in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, psychiatric facilities, hospitals, boarding, and group homes.

Prior to joining Stark & Stark, Mr. Fajardo worked for a personal injury firm in the Princeton area, where he concentrated his practice on nursing home malpractice.

Mr. Fajardo was born in Havana, Cuba. When he was four, his family moved to Weehawken, NJ, where his father started his own plumbing business to support his family of six. Mr. Fajardo’s immigrant experience fuels his dedication to serving clients of all walks of life and his appreciation for a legal system that operates on principles of justice and rule of law.

Mr. Fajardo gives back to the community by serving on the Boards of Las América ASPIRA Academy Charter School in Newark, DE and The Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, in Camden, NJ. He also provides free consultations to clients of the Hispanic Family Center on a range of issues, including landlord-tenant and contract disputes.