It took Lori Derkevor more than a year to find a lawyer who would take her case (see below). In the end, Amani Oakley agreed to help her. Now, Oakley has joined forces with two other Canadian law firms to create the Nursing Home Action Coalition to bring legal actions against big players in the long-term care industry. Oakley explains why in this CTV News interview:
Here are some excerpts from a Toronto Star story on the three legal cases that are currently being pursued:
- Jose Novo had bed sores so deep that bone was exposed. In October 2015, Novo was taken to the hospital for “infected decubitis ulcers (bed sores),” the statement of claim says. A month later, his bed sores continued to worsen, with some were recorded as stage four, “with bone being visible,” according to the statement of claim.
- Lioubov “Luba” Ijnatieva felt “something crawling” inside a skin wound on her leg. It was infested with fly maggots.
- The third legal action, filed in 2016 by Oakley and Oakley against nursing home chain Revera, has not yet been certified as a class action but has grown to more than 90 cases.
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