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Wrongful death suit filed against assisted living facility

Many families trust assisted living facilities with the care of their older relatives. However, some of these facilities fail to provide the high-quality care that these individuals need. After the death of their 84-year-old relative, one Wisconsin family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the assisted living center where she had been staying. 

The elderly woman was admitted to the facility two months before her death in Oct. 2017. Records show that she had a habit of wandering outside of her room and attempting to leave the facility. On the evening of her death, the center's staff noted that the patient had attempted to leave the premises several times. The staff claimed that the woman was in her room at 4 a.m., but that they were unable to find her inside four hours later at 8 a.m.

During that time she had apparently left the facility. She left without her walker and was wearing only pajamas and socks as she made her way across the parking lot in nearly freezing temperatures. It is suspected that she fell and attempted to crawl to safety before succumbing to exhaustion and the cold. 

The family claims that the facility staff had left a door propped open and disabled the door's alarm, allowing their relative to escape into the cold. It was later revealed that this was not the only complaint that the center received. Staff members had also allegedly brought young children to the facility during the evenings as well as during daytime hours. 

Assisted living and other, similar facilities are trusted with the care of many individuals. When the staff members of these facilities are negligent and fail to provide the high standard of care that the residents require and deserve, the results can be deadly. Wisconsin residents who have lost a loved one due to the apparent negligence of an assisted living facility may wish to consult with an attorney about filing a wrongful death suit. Families may be entitled to an award of monetary damages for funeral and burial costs, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and other documented losses. 

Source:, "'Promised they would keep her safe': Family sues assisted living facility after exposure death", April 27, 2018

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