COVID-19 Related Deaths in Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes in Ontario

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, our most vulnerable population is highly at risk – the elderly.  During this unprecedented crisis, COVID-19 has spread rampantly across long-term care homes and retirement homes in Ontario. The largest percentage of COVID-19 related deaths has been in nursing homes and that number is continuing to rise daily.  All the while, the front line staff of nurses, personal support workers, doctors, cleaning staff, physiotherapists and dietary aids are working harder than ever – and putting themselves at risk every minute of their shifts.

Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP has been retained by families who have lost loved ones in long-term care homes and retirement homes due to COVID-19. We are bringing individual claims against the owners of any long-term care homes and retirement homes in Ontario where we believe there have been inadequate preemptive or responsive measures, made by the administration, to the COVID-19 outbreak.

We are currently bringing claims against Lundy Manor Retirement Residence in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Orchard Villa Long Term Care in Pickering, Ontario and Roberta Place in Barrie, Ontario and are continuing to investigate other long-term care homes and retirement homes where families have lost love ones to COVID-19.

Information about Melissa Miller, Partner

Melissa prides herself on being one of the leading nursing home negligence lawyers in Ontario.  Melissa is currently handling mass tort claims, for hundreds of victims, against some of the largest nursing home companies in Canada. Because of the tragic circumstances flowing from COVID-19, Melissa is investigating cases in the following areas:

  • COVID-19 nursing home deaths in Ontario
  • COVID-19 long term care home deaths in Ontario
  • COVID-19 retirement home deaths in Ontario

Media Coverage

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Ontario had no plan to protect long-term residents from COVID-19: commissionCP24, April 2021

Ontario nursing homes badly prepared for COVID-19 pandemic, auditor general says – CTV News, April 2021

‘Why are they getting away with it?’: Ontario’s new long-term-care report met with pain, skepticism from those who lost loved ones during COVIDToronto Star, April 2021

Global News InterviewGlobal News, November 2020

Pickering care home slammed in military report given green light to expand by province The Star, November 2020

Could Long-Term Care Home Managers Receive Criminal Charges?HuffPost Canada, November 2020

Ontario proposes COVID-19 liability protection for those who made ‘good faith effort’ to follow law Law Times, October 2020

‘She was like an inmate:’ Georgina resident fighting to end ‘profit’ in long-term care homes –, September 2020

Family of man who died at River Glen Haven files lawsuit claiming home was negligentGeorgina Post, July 2020 

‘Broken system’: Lawyers fighting for reform in retirement homes and long-term care facilitiesCanadian Lawyer Magazine, June 2020

Her father died of COVID-19 at a long-term care home, now she’s part of a lawsuit looking for justiceOn Point with Alex Pierson, June 2020

Queen’s Park Considering Legislation to Provide Immunity to LTC Home Operators – Zoomer Radio, June 2020

‘Where is the justice?‘ Ontario looking at ‘good faith’ immunity from COVID-19 lawsuits – The Globe and Mail, June 2020

Family files $1.5M lawsuit against Ontario’s worst-hit long-term care home for alleged neglect CTV News, May 2020

Lawsuit Against Orhcard Villa HomeZoomer Radio, May 2020

Another million-dollar lawsuit filed against Ontario’s worst-hit nursing home for alleged neglectCTV News, May 2020

Ontario coroner investigates COVID deaths in care homes, but can’t confirm if inquests are needed, The Globe & Mail, May 2020

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