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On April 16, 2020, the Ohio Department of Health reported that Glendora Health Care Center and Smithville Western Care Center accounted for nearly two-thirds of Wayne County’s COVID-19 cases. Of Wayne County’s 11 COVID-19 deaths as of mid-April, Glendora accounted for five deaths. The state told nursing home residents and their family members “that the presence of COVID-19 at a facility is no way an indicator of a facility that isn’t following proper procedures.” A Smithville Western Care Center administrator indicated that the nursing home received “positive feedback on our infection control actions.” Glendora administrators did not comment on the deaths.
As Wayne County’s death totals increase, we would like to send our sincerest regards to all of the families who lost loved ones during this pandemic.
Nursing Home Liability
As Americans, we expect the best; we live in a country with the world’s most advanced health care system. However, throughout this pandemic, we are constantly hearing about COVID-19 nursing home infection and death. If COVID-19 infiltrates your loved one’s nursing home, you must ask questions. Not only must you question the nursing home’s preparation prior to the outbreak, but you must also question its response to the virus once it has infected a resident. Many nursing homes and medical professionals will say that it was inevitable for COVID-19 to enter our nursing homes or that they did everything possible to stop the spread. Rather, people must begin to question this narrative. Begin by reading Attorney Colin G. Meeker’s 8 Ohio nursing facility laws you must know during the COVID-19 pandemic. With your knowledge of the specific Ohio nursing home, you decide whether the nursing home has truly done everything in its power to protect your family member or friend. If your loved one has passed away due to Coronavirus while at a nursing home, and you question their preparation or response to COVID-19, 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 assisting families who lost residents of nursing homes with COVID-19 now. We are experienced in litigating wrongful death and personal injury cases and will always be transparent with you concerning your options 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.