Veterans who died at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home were unconcerned with responsibility
"Let's love them back for what they've done, who they are, what they stand for, and what they've meant for all of us," said a Veterans Day homage to veterans who served.
That's great. But what about legal accountability for the 76 soldiers who died of COVID-19 at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke in the spring of 2020? It's elusive.
According to the AG's elder abuse laws, bodily injury and neglect charges are intended only to individuals who provide direct care, not to administrators, according to McDonough.
Ted Bassett, a personal injury lawyer at Mirick O'Connell, told me "the bugaboo with COVID cases is trying to prove where the virus was being investigated. But Bassett said, "I don't think the criminal law applies to all of us...... I don't think it would matter if you are a doctor or an administrator or whatever. That surprises me, if that's the basis of the decision."
While the veterans residing at the Soldiers' Home kept their promise to serve their country, the Commonwealth did not keep its promise to protect and keep them safe from harm when they were unable to care for themselves, said attorney Thomas Lesser, who has his partner, Michael Aleo, representing the plaintiffs. The suit, filed in federal district court in Springfield, states that while the veterans residing at the Soldiers' Home kept their promise to serve their country, the Commonwealth did not keep its promise to protect and keep them
The lawsuit points out that what happened next was avoidable, according to an inquiry by attorney Mark Pearlstein, commissioned by Baker, described a series of utterly baffling decisions that led to the veteran deaths, including the combining of the dementia units. During testimony before a special legislative oversight committee, Sudders stated, We left staff on the front lines without the clinical and management oversight and support to manage through a pandemic. also highlighted underlying governance failures that led to a preventable tragedy
Baker, on the other hand, held following the release of the Pearlstein story, in which he called the Holyoke situation "truly horrific and tragic." he told off the Pearlstein findings that included the combining of the two units and the establishment of deplorable conditions, but he described it as a total failure of leadership (thought of total failure of leadership), and said that our administration did not properly supervise the superintendent and his team.a meeting he later said he was discussing. The governor
Walsh and Clinton have lost their jobs so far, and. The state has allocated money for a new Soldiers' Home, and lawmakers are considering. The civil lawsuit seeks $176 million in damages, but there's a long legal road ahead. In other tragedies, such as the Boston Marathon bombing, a relief fund was established to compensate victims and their families.
Without more accountability, gratitude and love for veterans are just so simple words.
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