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On April 24, 2020, the Ohio Department of Health reported that 200 staff and residents at 19 nursing homes in the Mahoning Valley have been infected with COVID-19. The 200 current cases do not include patients or staff who have recovered or passed away prior to Ohio’s report. According to government officials, the presence of COVID-19 at a facility is not an indicator of a facility that is not following proper procedures. However, families should always ask questions of the facility where their loved one resides.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to all of the families who lost loved ones during this most difficult time.
Nursing Home Liability
The COVID-19 pandemic is new to our country. However, even in the face of this outbreak, it is neglect for a nursing home to recklessly fail to provide a resident with any treatment, care, goods, or service necessary to maintain the health or safety of the resident. Families and representatives of nursing home residents must be diligent in questioning the nursing home. Remember, oftentimes the nursing home resident cannot raise concerns themselves; they need your help! Questions to ask include:
- What are you doing currently to protect residents from COVID-19?
- What precautions do you take when you do identify a person who is symptomatic of COVID-19?
- How are families kept appraised of changes related to your infection control policies?
If your loved one has passed away due to Coronavirus while at a nursing home, and the nursing home was exposed to the COVID-19 virus, 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.