Massachusetts Will Pay $56 Million To Settle Nursing Home COVID-19 Class Action Lawsuit

Massachusetts Will Pay $56 Million To Settle COVID-19 Lawsuit: Massachusetts has agreed to pay $56 million to settle a class action lawsuit involving the COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in the spring of 2020. The settlement covers veterans who lived at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home at any time between March 1, 2020 and June 23, 2020 and who became ill or died from COVID during that period.

Former U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern is the settlement claims administrator who will make awards to participating claimants based on his review of each claimant’s individual circumstances. Estates of deceased veterans would receive a minimum award of $400,000 and veterans who contracted COVID but survived would receive a minimum of $10,000. The fund will also provide for payment of court approved attorneys’ fees for the plaintiffs.

In announcing the settlement, the Massachusetts Governor stated, “The COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home was a terrible tragedy. While we know nothing can bring back those who were lost, we hope that this settlement brings a sense of closure to the loved ones of the veterans.”

The plaintiffs’ lawyer stated after the announcement of the settlement with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “There is no amount of money that can compensate our clients for the loss of their loved ones. But our clients are grateful that the Commonwealth has acted to resolve this matter without the need for protracted litigation by agreeing to compensate both the families of those who died of COVID, as well as the veterans who survived. The settlement is fair and just.”

The settlement requires approval by the federal district court. The Massachusetts Governor will seek approval from the Commonwealth’s legislature to fund the $56 million settlement.

In August 2021, the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke received accreditation from the Joint Commission following the most recent survey of the facility, with no deficiencies cited in the report. The Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke is also certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Annual surveys are conducted by the VA to maintain certification. Holyoke received VA certification in 2021 and is awaiting final certification following its 2022 inspection.

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Established in 1952, the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke is a long term health care facility available to eligible veterans of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its mission “is to provide ‘Care with Honor and Dignity’ in the best possible health care environment.”

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If you or a loved one suffered injuries (or death) while a resident of a nursing home in Massachusetts or in another U.S. state due to an infection acquired in a nursing home such as COVID-19, nursing home neglect, nursing home negligence, nursing home abuse, or nursing home fraud, you should promptly contact a nursing home claim attorney in Massachusetts (Massachusetts medical malpractice attorney) or a nursing home claim lawyer in your state who may investigate your nursing home claim for you and file a nursing home claim on your behalf or on behalf of your loved one, if appropriate.

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