Our Michigan group home lawyers recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a group home in Flint, Michigan. The case involves a 69 year old group home resident who had a medical history that included polio. Due to that condition, he required a wheelchair for ambulation. He had an electric wheelchair with a joystick that he could control by himself. However, he often had difficulty safely operating the chair and on two occasions almost drove off the lift in the handicapped transportation van.
On August 1, 2013, he was returning back to the group home from an outside activity. It was raining hard outside. The caregiver parked the van and assisted other residents in exiting the vehicle. When it came time for the decedent to leave, the caregiver unstrapped his wheelchair and went outside of the van to lower the lift. The decedent then drove his wheelchair off the lift, like he had done before, and he fell to the ground with the wheelchair landing on his head. He was taken to the hospital but later died due to the head trauma.
The lawsuit alleges that the caregiver was negligent by not safely assisting the decedent out of the van, onto the lift, and onto the ground. He should not have unhooked the safety straps until everything was in place and should have obtained the assistance of a co-worker. The caregiver also should have disabled the motor function on the wheelchair to prevent this incident from happening. The wrongful death lawsuit seeks compensation for the pain and suffering endured by the group home resident before his death and the loss of society and companionship of the surviving family members, as well as medical expenses and funeral costs. No trial date has been set by the court.
If you or someone you know has been neglected while residing at a group home, you do have legal rights. Call our top rated law firm today at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case and determine whether or not you have a case. We offer a Free, No Obligation Case Review and will answer any questions or concerns that you may have.