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(Worthington, OH) On May 6, 2020, it was reported that the Ohio Attorney General served a search warrant at Bickford at Worthington Assisted Living and Memory Care for reasons associated with COVID-19. The search warrant was issued after authorities received a complaint about the nursing home. Boxes worth of materials were removed from the nursing home, including computer towers; people were also interviewed. It is unclear how many COVID-19 cases Bickford has however as of April 22, 2020, the Ohio Department of Health reported the that nursing home had nine COVID-19 cases. Bickford stated that they are unaware why the Attorney General searched their nursing home. As investigators look into the happenings at Bickford, we would like to send our best to its residents who may be afraid and isolated; stay strong!
Nursing Home Liability
We do not know why the Ohio Attorney General served a search warrant at the Worthington nursing home. However, whatever the AG’s office was looking for must have been of great importance to break anti-visitor policy and put the nursing home at risk of contamination. With COVID-19, we are seeing how nursing home’s past negligence, including their failure to follow regulations, can result in terrible outcomes to residents. Past noncompliance could be an indicator that your loved-one’s nursing home was not prepared for an outbreak. When the AG’s office becomes involved at a nursing home and conducts a search warrant in the midst of a pandemic where the elderly are at great risk of infection, something is not right. Family members who have loved ones at Bickford should take extra precaution that their loved one is being properly cared for. And, if your loved one has been mistreated at a nursing home during this outbreak, 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.