Bill 218-Limiting Legal Liability for COVID-19

November 4th marks the day families and lawyers were invited to speak against the proposed Bill 218 which limits liability for COVID-19 deaths at some long-term care facilities. Many family members died due to the negligence and horrific conditions they were forced to live in and they are seeking justice.

In a press release from the Ontario Housing Commission, it states a number of families were denied the opportunity to present on the impact of the deadly virus for loved ones, who depended on the resources of the facilities to protect them. After careful preparation of facts, these families will not speak and only a selected group of 15 will present.

The document further states:

“Bill 218 raises the legal bar for those suing for COVID-19 harms to gross negligence from simple negligence. It redefines “good faith effort” which usually means a reasonable and competent effort to say that long-term care and retirement homes, among others, just had to make an “honest effort, whether reasonable or not”, thereby making it both harder to sue and easier to defend. It makes these measures retroactive to March 17, 2020, the week that COVID-19 began to spread in long-term care homes, impacting more than two dozen class action and legal suits that are already underway against for-profit long-term care homes that were responsible for more than half of the COVID-19 deaths in Ontario’s homes in the first wave of the pandemic, a trend that is shaping up to be the same or worse in the second wave, reported the Coalition.”

Gary Will and his team has worked tirelessly over the last few months to ensure the families seeking justice are represented and will continue to fight for their rights.

To read the full press release click here.


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