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On April 15, 2020, a spokesperson for Ohio Living Rockynol reported that seven residents of the Akron retirement community have died from COVID-19. In addition, another five residents are being treated in hospitals and twelve staff members have also tested positive. Summit County Public Health Medical Director Dr. Erika Sobolewski indicated that Rockynol was one of the first long-term care facilities impacted locally by COVID-19 in the area. Sobolewski stated that COVID-19 is going to be everywhere and the question is how living facilities respond to the disease.
Our thoughts and prayers are with with patients’ families during this time of sorrow and loss.
Nursing Home Liability
Although the Coronavirus has taken the world by surprise, nursing homes are legally required to prepare for an infection outbreak. Elderly patients can become seriously ill and even die when a facility is unprepared to follow state and federal regulations regarding infection control. These failures to prepare for the contaminant of infectious disease are grounds for a coronavirus lawsuit against the nursing home. If you have become ill or have lost a loved one as a result of a nursing home’s unpreparedness, you should always speak with a Coronavirus attorney in your time of need.
Our Coronavirus attorneys at Blakemore, Meeker & Bowler Co., L.P.A. are fielding calls now concerning COVID-19 and are experienced in litigating wrongful death and personal injury cases. We will ensure that you receive compensation and justice as you navigate the legal system for the first time. Please contact Attorney Colin G. Meeker at (330) 603-7173 for help understanding your legal options.
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Disclaimer: At Blakemore, Meeker & Bowler Co., L.P.A., we are always looking to improve the quality and safety of our state and have been saddened by the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic across Ohio. We hope to inform those in our community about the outbreak in the hopes that those who are responsible for taking care of our elders will work to avoid unnecessary loss of life in the future. These posts are not to be taken as a solicitation for business. The information within should never be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We hope that all involved in the Coronavirus epidemic will receive a speedy recovery.