Northwood Halifax COVID-19 Deaths

Erica Surette v. Northwoodcare Group Inc. et al

Nova Scotia Supreme Court File: Hfx No. 498376

Wagners filed a proposed class action lawsuit in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, on June 1, 2020.

The proposed class proceeding was filed on behalf of the Plaintiff against Northwoodcare Group Inc. and related entities. The lawsuit seeks damages on behalf of the Plaintiff and other individuals who are entitled to bring an action under the Fatal Injuries Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 163, including the spouse, common-law partner, parent or children of residents of the Northwood Halifax Long-Term Care Facility who passed away due to COVID-19 or COVID-19 related complications from March 15, 2020 to the date certifying the action as a class proceeding.

The lawsuit alleges that that Northwood Halifax’s practices, policies, and procedures, and lack thereof, caused the viral spread of COVID-19 through elderly and vulnerable residents as well as staff, causing untimely death to residents, and harms, losses, and damages to their surviving family members. It is alleged that Northwood Halifax had full knowledge of the dangers and health risks posed by a COVID-19 pandemic to which its residents were uniquely vulnerable; yet, they maintained the status quo at the cost of numerous individuals’ safety and lives.

In Nova Scotia, Northwood has been called the epicentre of this highly contagious and deadly virus, and it holds claim to the vast majority of deaths due to COVID-19, province-wide.

To inform us of your interest and determine if you qualify for inclusion in Wagners’ proposed class action, please fill out this registration form. If you have any concerns or questions please contact us by phone or email at [email protected].

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Pour nous informer de votre intérêt et déterminer si vous remplissez les conditions pour être inclus dans l’action prospective de Wagners, veuillez remplir ce formulaire d’inscription. Si vous avez des préoccupations ou des questions, veuillez nous contacter par téléphone ou par e-mail à [email protected].

Updates & Latest Developments

A Notice of Intended Action was formally served on the Province of Nova Scotia on June 23, 2020. The Notice is required pursuant to the Nova Scotia Proceedings Against the Crown Act to inform the Province in advance that it will be added as a defendant in the proposed class action regarding the devastating COVID-19 outbreak at Northwood Halifax, filed on June 1, 2020.

The Notice of Intended Action alleges that the Province was negligent in various ways, which caused or contributed to the unsafe operation of Northwood Halifax, leading to the deaths of 53 residents throughout April and May of 2020.

On June 1, 2020 a Notice of Action and Statement of Claim was filed in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia against Northwoodcare Group Inc. and associated entities in relation to the deaths that occurred at Northwood Manor in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Please see the Documents section to view the Notice of Action and Statement of Claim.