Nursing Home Update

by Colin G. Meeker, Attorney at Law

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

On May 4, 2020, it was reported that the majority of COVID-19 cases involve assisted living facilities. One Director of Nursing outlined how his facilities are preparing for the virus. First, new arrivals are quartered in a separate area for a quarantine period. Second, employees are trained on policies designed to minimize the spread of infection and illness. Third, COVID-19 patients stay in negative pressure rooms which pull bacteria out into the outside environment. Additionally, nursing home staff wear PPE to stay safe  

As COVID-19 continues to take the lives of nursing home residents, we pray that home operators and administrators find a way to stop the spread of the disease in an efficient manner.     

Nursing Home Liability  

It is believed that COVID-19 entered the United States in January 2020. Since then, our nation’s nursing homes have been catching up to limit the spread of the virus. The responsibility to plan, and then implement, an infection control program within a nursing home cannot wait until the home has a COVID-19 patient; the plan should be established and in operation long before. The above safeguards are great examples of what nursing homes are doing now to protect their patients. However, waiting until May 2020 to implement these strategies is a recipe for disaster. An infection control plan, implemented by a nursing home’s Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Program, should have, long before COVID-19 came to this country, been prepared for such an outbreak. If your loved one has become infected by COVID-19 while at a nursing home, and you question whether the facility implemented proper strategies for the control of infection, 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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