Gallatin nursing home COVID-19 FILE

The Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing reopened last week less than seven days after a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the facility last month. FILE

Multiple families and employees plan to sue the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing following a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the nursing home last month, according to a Hendersonville attorney handling the cases.

Clint Kelly, a board-certified medical malpractice lawyer with The Kelly Firm, told the Gallatin News on Tuesday that he is representing 20 people, including 10 families and employees, who plan to sue the Gallatin facility.

A pre-suit notice was sent to the nursing home April 2 on behalf of the family of 89-year-old Clara Ruth Summers. Summers is one of 11 residents who have died so far following the outbreak at the facility last month.

“That notice has to be sent 60 days before we file any complaint in Sumner County Circuit Court,” Kelly said. “It is our intention to do it with the rest of the residents once we’ve gotten everybody we’re going to get.”

Kelly added that has spoken with “multiple sources” that have gone on the record alleging what he considers to be “nursing home neglect or violation of safety protocols” that led to residents and employees being exposed to the virus.

At least 74 residents and 33 staff members tested positive for COVID-19 last month.

The facility has denied any allegations of wrongdoing.