Akron, Ohio- Three Big Problems

by Colin G. Meeker, Attorney at Law

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

(Akron, OH) – On April 24, 2020, it was reported that multiple nursing homes throughout the country were cited for health violations which put residents’ lives in danger. .  

Of the citations issued, three major problems were discovered:

1. Facilities failed to take steps in anticipation of the pandemic, especially after it was first reported in the State of Washington;

2. Facilities continue to take in new residents even when they have woefully inadequate staffing for their current residents; and 

3. Facilities are discharging current residents so that they can take in  COVID-19 patients for whim there is considerable reimbursement. 

As COVID-19 continues to infect elderly nursing home residents, we would like to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone fighting the virus. 

Nursing Home Liability  

The failure of a nursing home to operate their infection prevention and control program to provide a safe, sanitary environment, and to help prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections, such as COVID-19, is nursing home negligence. Every procedure at a nursing home must be scrutinized as a result of COVID-19; our elderly population is too important to ignore. For example, be very wary if your loved one’s nursing home only uses oral thermometers. The use of oral thermometers requires a nursing home resident to remove his or her facemask, putting the resident at risk. If your loved one has become infected by COVID-19, and nursing home procedures are not keeping residents safe, 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 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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