COVID 19 Long-Term Care Negligence

The majority of COVID 19 related deaths in Ontario have been in long-term care homes. Just last week, the media reported over 100 cases of COVID 19 at Woodbridge Vista Care Community.

The report published by the Canadian Armed Forces sheds light on the conditions at some of the worst-hit homes during the pandemic. They encountered cockroach infestations, rotten food, aggressive resident feeding, reusing medical supplies, starvation, under medicating or over medicating residents, and the list goes on. The details in the report have come as a shock to many but unfortunately, these are not new problems. During my time at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly and now at my own firm, I continue to represent residents and their families with negligence claims against long-term care homes.

Advocai represents individuals who have lost a loved one in long-term care as a result of COVID 19. 

We believe more lives could have been saved with adequate infection and control planning, appropriate use of personal protective equipment, and distancing measures. Some long-term care homes implemented comprehensive plans to protect to protect their residents and as a result, were able to avoid large outbreaks. We are investigating claims against owners of long-term care homes where we believe there were inadequate measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID 19.

Advocai represents residents who have been sustained serious injuries in long-term care during COVID 19. 

We have been retained to represent residents who have sustained injuries due to long-term care home negligence.

Negligence includes:

  • Failure to prevent pressure ulcers
  • Failure to prevent falls
  • Failure to provide appropriate medication
  • Over-medicating residents
  • Malnutrition

The Military Report refers to residents developing pressure ulcers as a result of prolonged bed rest and a lack of appropriate wound care. Bed sores may be a sign of neglect. Long-term care homes have a duty to take steps to reduce and prevent the development of pressure ulcers. Bed sores can cause excruciating pain and suffering, and can lead to a general decline in a person’s overall health.

We hold long-term care homes accountable. Advocai is dedicated to helping residents and families receive financial and physical recovery. We have the knowledge and expertise when it comes to the laws governing long-term care homes. There are different legal options available to help resolve your claim. Every case is different. In some cases, it is appropriate to bring a lawsuit for negligence. In other cases, a human rights complaint, a court application, or a hearing before the Consent and Capacity Board may be appropriate.

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