The Numbers

by Colin G. Meeker, Attorney at Law

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

On April 29, 2020, it was reported that 276 people have died of COVID-19 in Ohio’s long-term facilities in the last two weeks. These deaths represent 29% of the 937 total COVID-19 deaths reported by Ohio and are spread among 29 Ohio counties. The death numbers only account for people who have died in a long-term facility and not places like hospitals. Since April 15, 2020, Summit County reported that there were 15 deaths at nursing homes and assisted living centers. National estimates put long-term facility death totals at more than 7,000 as of last week.   

As COVID-19 continues to ravage our county’s nursing homes, we would like to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the virus.

Nursing Home Liability 

As death totals among our country’s nursing homes continue to increase, we are reminded of the responsibility nursing homes have to our elderly loved ones. One reason why the elderly are placed into nursing homes is because the individual or the family cannot provide the care required for everyday living. It is then up to the nursing home to provide a safe living environment for our seniors. With the outbreak of COVID-19, we are learning how long-term care facilities are failing to meet the needs of our seniors; total deaths keep rising at an alarming rate. Families must question the preparedness of nursing homes prior to an outbreak. This includes gaining an understanding as to what safeguards and procedures were put in place at the home in 2019 and earlier, prior to COVID-19 coming to our country. If your loved one has become infected by COVID-19, and you feel more could have been done to keep 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 interviewing 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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