Infection Control Problems

by Colin G. Meeker, Attorney at Law

email: cgm@bmblaw.com :: office: 330.253.3337 :: mobile: 330.603.7173

Prior to COVID-19 reaching Ohio, nursing homes throughout the state had already been struggling to follow routine steps designed to stop infections from spreading. Similar to Ohio, Virginia health inspectors cited about 77% of the state’s nursing homes for failing to meet infection prevention and control regulations. Most of Virginia’s violations were minor, like staff not washing hands or wearing masks near contagious patients. However, experts say that even minimal violations must be avoided. One Virginia official stated that COVID-19 has been a perfect storm for nursing homes; a very tragic lesson. One of the biggest issues with these nursing homes is that they are chronically understaffed.    

As the number of COVID-19 cases increase in Ohio, we would like to send our best wishes to everyone affected by the virus.

Nursing Home Liability 

We, as Americans, benefit from living in the most advanced healthcare system in the world. With that knowledge in mind, we must question what is going on when so many elderly nursing home residents become infected with COVID-19. Nursing home administrators will say that prior infection control citations do not prove a facility was not prepared for COVID-19. They will also say that long-term providers are doing everything they can to stop the spread of the virus. A history of infection control citations certainly should raise questions among the families of nursing home residents. If homes were ill-prepared or committing violations of infection procedure prior to the outbreak, why should we believe that they were ready for the pandemic when it hit. Why should we believe that they are doing everything they can for their residents. The only answer is that we cannot trust these answers in light of so many infected residents and deaths.   

If your loved one has become infected by COVID-19, and the nursing home they reside at had previous citations for infection control, 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 working with 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.

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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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