by Colin G. Meeker, Attorney at Law

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Last week, Donna Skoda, Summit County’s Public Health Commissioner, stated that employees at long-term facilities often work at multiple locations, which could mean they are passing COVID-19 to different facilities. According to Skoda, “What makes nursing homes and these congregant living sites so hard to control and why there is spread, is it is not because these folks are not trying to practice isolation and trying to do what’s best from infection control.” Skoda continued by saying, “Bottom line, they are just in such tight quarters that you can’t properly socially distance.”

In Summit County, the local health department reported that 18 out of 31 COVID-19 deaths as of April 15, 2020 have been linked to nursing homes or long term-care facilities. 

Our thoughts are with patients, families and caretakers alike during this most difficult time. 

Nursing Home Liability 

COVID-19 is a new infectious outbreak in the United States. However, it is the nursing home’s responsibility to assure that its employees, volunteers, vendors, etc. are free from any disease which may be passed on to a resident during interaction. Although a resident can contract COVID-19 from a visiting family member or friend, the virus is more likely to be transmitted by contagious nursing home personnel. If your loved one has passed away due to Coronavirus while at a nursing home, no matter how the disease was contracted, 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 assisting families now who have lost loved ones due to COVID-19 while at nursing homes. We are experienced in litigating wrongful death and personal injury cases and will be by your side throughout these trying times in order to compensate you for your loss. 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.

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