COVID-19 and Negligence Within Long-Term Care Homes

May 21, 2020
Gosai Law

While the news that the spread of COVID-19 is slowing down in Ontario is hopeful, it doesn’t change the fact that our elderly population has been disproportionately affected. As of May 26, 2020, Canadian news outlets have reported the Canadian military’s findings of the troubling conditions within Ontario’s long-term care homes. For many families, this news provides confirmation of the devastating conditions that elderly family members may have already endured or been exposed to. 

What Do The Military’s Findings Say About Ontario’s Long-Term Care Homes?

Findings reported by the Canadian military include medical and technical issues involving infection control, standard practice, training and staffing, and abusive behaviour toward residents, and more. These findings are very suggestive of negligence o the part of LTC Homes.

This information does not come as a surprise to those who have recently lost family members to COVID-19 in long-term care homes, with over 75% of Ontario’s COVID-19 related deaths having been within this population. This devastating death-toll has prompted an independent commission into the province’s long-term care system starting in September.

What Can I Do If I Have Lost a Loved One Due to the Acts of a Long-Term Care Facility?

Gosai Law has represented families of elderly residents who have suffered improper care, neglect, and/or death within a long-term care facility. Due to recent events, we have now been retained to represent family members who have lost their loved ones to COVID-19 at these same facilities. Gosai Law is bringing individual claims against long-term care homes that have failed to provide adequate care, social distancing measures, and/or responsive measures to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19. This includes both residents of the home that have been affected, as well as facilities’ staff.

If you believe that a long-term care facility may have been negligent in providing adequate care for your loved ones in the fight against COVID-19, we are here to help. Nital S. Gosai is providing free, video-conference consultations to families and individuals who have been affected by the COVID-19 crises. While our physical office location is currently closed, we are continuing to be an advocate for your case remotely. Please reach out to us at (905) 595-2225 or contact info@gosailaw.com for more information.

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