Bill 218 has recently received Royal Assent.
Bill 218 allows long-term care homes and retirement homes to not be held accountable or responsible for their negligent conduct. It immunizes their standards that are found to be unreasonable. Bill 218 takes away well-established legal rights of grieving families. It deems all existing actions for negligence dismissed without costs.
It is a controversial piece of legislation allowing for greater protection of Ontario long-term care providers when it comes to liability claims. It will bar any COVID-19 exposure-related claim against a long-term care home if the provider made an “honest” or “good faith” effort to act in accordance with public health guidelines.
Bill 218 will make it harder for families to hold long-term care providers responsible for illness or death related to exposure to COVID-19.
The team at JEWELL RADIMISIS JORGE LL.P. strongly believes all Ontarians, including our vulnerable citizens, deserve to be treated with respect and care.
If you or a loved one have been negligently cared for in a long-term care home or retirement home, you may be entitled to receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free initial consultation and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.