Senior citizens in long-term care homes have been hard hit by the Coronavirus, COVID-19. In Ottawa alone, at the Carlingview Manor, there were two COVID-19 outbreaks. During an outbreak between April 7 and June 18, 170 residents and 89 staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, numerous residents have died as a result of complications arising from COVID-19.
In Ottawa, lawyers have commenced a class action lawsuit against Carlingview Manor, which is owned by Revera Long Term Care Inc., alleging negligence which has resulted in the death or illness of of multiple residents.
Possible allegations, not yet proven in court, against Revera, or other long-term care facilities in Ottawa and across Ontario, which may have resulted in residents contracting COVID-19 include:
- Placing four residents in a single bedroom.
- Negligent building design.
- Residents who were not infected left in ward rooms besides patients who had COVID-19.
- Lack of proper staff equipment.
- Failing to adequately monitor residents and staff for symptoms.
- Failing to adequately isolate patients infected with COVID-19.
- Failing to adequately care for infected residents.
- Lack of staff training.
- A failure to implement screening measures.
- Failing to implement proper Pandemic safety protocols.
Residents who contracted COVID-19 are entitled to damages for their pain and suffering and other heads of damage, if they contracted the illness as a result of negligence on the part of a long-term care facility. Likewise, family members of residents who were infected by COVID-19 are entitled to pursue damages for the loss of guidance, care and companionship under the Family Law Act in negligence or as a wrongful death claim.
If you have a family member who contracted COVID-19 while a resident of a long-term care facility in Ottawa or across Eastern Ontario, our Ottawa based injury lawyers at SG Injury Law can help you seek fair compensation. For a free consultation contact us: