March 7, 2013
A decision has been reached in a California Wrongful Death lawsuit filed on behalf of an 82-year-old woman. According to the Insurance Journal, the jury ruled in favor of the woman’s family, who filed the lawsuit on her behalf.
Court documents show that in September 2008, the woman’s family moved her into the Emeritus at Emerald Hills assisted living facility in Auburn, California, due to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The woman needed to be moved to a nursing home because of her deteriorating health and condition just three months later though. It was then the family discovered four open pressure ulcers, otherwise known as bedsores, on the woman’s body.
The woman died on Valentine’s Day 2009 and the coroner ruled the bedsores were directly related to the woman’s death.
The family then filed the wrongful death lawsuit, alleging the assisted living facilities policies regarding staffing and training did not have patient’s best interests in mind and were only made in an effort to cut costs. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims the policies were the direct cause of the victim’s death.
The jury must now decide how much to award the family for their loss.
The California Personal Injury Attorneys with the Walter Clark Legal Group are hopeful a decision being reached in the case will bring the family of the victim a sense of closure to their loss.