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Class action suit pending against CHSLD Sainte-Dorothée

The son of an elderly woman who was among the many people who have died of COVID-19 at CHSLD Sainte-Dorothée in Laval is seeking permission from a Quebec court to file a class action lawsuit against the long-term care residence.

CHSLD Sainte-Dorothée is on the short list of Quebec long-term care residences where the most deaths from COVID-19 have occurred.

Jean-Pierre Daubois, whose mother Anna José Marquet died at the age of 94 on April 3 after she contracted COVID-19 at the CHSLD, has filed initial paperwork in Quebec Superior Court for the suit against CHSLD Sainte-Dorothée. The suit also names CISSS de Laval, the regional health authority that oversees the residence on Samson Blvd. in Laval’s Sainte-Dorothée neighbourhood.

The application accuses CHSLD Sainte-Dorothée and CISSS de Laval of failing to provide employees with adequate protective equipment, while neglecting to quarantine residents who had symptoms of the virus. The pending class-action is claiming $1 million in exemplary damages, as well as tens of thousands of dollars for deceased or living residents, whether they caught COVID-19 or not.

Martin C. Barry, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter for the Laval News, marty@newsfirst.ca

Martin C. Barryhttp://www.lavalnews.ca
Journalist with the Laval News since 2005. During his 24 years covering political and community issues in the Montreal region, Marty has won numerous journalism awards from the Quebec Community Newspapers Association for written coverage as well as for photography. marty@newsfirst.ca

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