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Assisted Living Center Wrongful Death Lawsuit

For many people, it is a depressing and traumatic day when a child has to place a parent in a nursing home or assisted living center because that parent can no longer care for themselves in their own home. It is a day that is made easier when you believe and trust that the assisted living center or nursing home is going to provide the care and supervision that your parent needs.

When a facility does not supervise its residents like it has a responsibility to do, the consequences may be tragic and devastating. This is what Ronald Corn is alleging that Sunrise Sterling Canyon Assisted Living of Valencia, California is guilty of. Corn is alleging elder care neglect on the part of the assisted living center. He is bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against the assisted living center which claims that the center was negligent in allowing his mother Loretta Hooker to develop heatstroke. In addition, the lawsuit alleges fraud, elder abuse and wrongful death.

What is a wrongful death

A wrongful death is when the death of your loved one or family member has taken place as a result of the deliberate, reckless, willful or negligent act of another party. When this occurs, the death then becomes what is known as a “wrongful death.” This is true regardless of whether the act that brought about the death was done by a person or a company.

In the lawsuit, Corn says that before his mother’s death, he had raised concerns with the assisted living center about leaving residents outside for too long with no supervision. In fact, Corn had set up a formal meeting with the assisted living center on August 24, 2011 to discuss this issue.

Corn discovered that his mother was sitting outside on the patio again with no supervision when he arrived at the center for the meeting. The patio had no shade to protect his mother from the sun.

Died of heatstroke

As Corn came to his mother, he found her unresponsive, displaying signs of respiratory distress. Corn’s mother was rushed to a local hospital, but unfortunately, she died of heatstroke. At the time of his mother’s death, her internal temperature was reported to be 103.3 degrees.

Corn’s attorney, R. Rex Parris said, “She died from heat exhaustion. It’s a serious crime to treat your dog that way, and we’re allowing people to treat our parents that way.”

Officials from the assisted living center gave out a statement that they take allegations of wrongdoing seriously. The statement also said that the center works to provide residents with the best care possible.

Hard to cope with

The death of a parent or loved one is never easy to cope with. When that death is a wrongful death, a death that could and should have been prevented, it is even more difficult to accept and deal with.

Do you have a family member whose death was a wrongful death? Do you want to see the party or parties responsible for that wrongful death held accountable and liable for their wrongdoings. If so, you need to contact a personal injury attorney who will advise you on what you need to do.