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On April 1, 2020, it was reported that residents at a Boston nursing home have tested positive for COVID-19. The positive tests occurred as the facility was moving out all of its 147 residents to make way for a coronavirus care center. The daughter of a 90-year-old resident stated, “If they left Beaumont (the nursing home) alone like they should have from the very beginning, this big, whole disastrous mess wouldn’t be happening.”
As the number of COVID-19 cases around the country increases, we would like to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the virus.
Nursing Home Liability
Ohio nursing homes should not put the health and safety of their residents at risk by relocating them to other facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is especially so when nursing homes are bringing in COVID-19 infected residents at the same time. Our elderly nursing home population is already at great risk of contracting COVID-19. Nursing homes already have a tough enough time keeping the virus out and treating it once it enters a facility. When a nursing home allows COVID-19 patients to enter its doors, one must question the motives of the nursing home operator. It makes sense to create a coronavirus care center if that unit is completely isolated from the rest of the nursing home. Unless the nursing home has an isolation plan in place to protect its current residents, no COVID-19 patient should be brought anywhere near the facility. Remember, nursing home residents have the right to a safe and clean living environment. Admitting COVID-19 patients without safeguarding healthy residents is nursing home neglect. If your loved one has become infected by COVID-19, and the nursing home they reside at admitted ill COVID-19 patients, you should always speak with a COVID-19 attorney in your time of need.
The COVID-19 attorneys at Blakemore, Meeker & Bowler Co., L.P.A. are currently meeting families who lost residents of nursing homes with COVID-19 now. We are experienced in litigating wrongful death and personal injury cases and will be by your side as you grieve while we assist you in compensating you for your loss. Please contact Attorney Colin G. Meeker at (330) 603-7173 for help understanding your legal options.