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,