Our Michigan assisted living injury lawyers recently filed a lawsuit against a Southfield, Michigan assisted living facility. The lawsuit was filed against The Fountains At Franklin facility which is operated and managed by Watermark Retirement Communities. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in the Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac, Michigan.
The assisted living lawsuit seeks damages for the wrongful death of a 90 year old resident. The resident suffered from dementia and was placed in the memory care unit based upon the recommendation of the facility. The facility promoted that unit as a safe unit for residents, like the decedent, and promised to have adequate staffing and supervision. The lawsuit alleges that the facility failed to provide a safe environment and this resulted in the death of the resident.
The incident occurred on December 1, 2012 in the early evening. The resident was unsupervised and entered into the kitchen area of the memory care unit. She was able to gain entry into a kitchen cabinet beneath a sink and drank from an open container of a caustic dishwashing detergent. The lawsuit alleges that the facility failed to properly lock or secure that cabinet to prevent residents, including the decedent, from gaining access to a dangerous and toxic substance. The assisted living facility apparently intends to defend the case by arguing that the 90 year old resident pried open the locked cabinet with her arthritic hands.
The resident was discovered after she had ingested the toxic substance. She had significant chemical burns to her face, mouth, and tongue and was rushed by EMS personnel to a local hospital emergency department. She was admitted to the hospital. It was noted by specialists that she suffered serious burns to her mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach due to the dishwashing agent. The physicians determined that she was not a candidate for surgery based upon her age and condition. She passed away after a short period of hospitalization.
The lawsuit seeks all damages permissible under the Michigan Wrongful Death Statute. These damages include compensation for her pain and suffering from the time of injury until her death, the loss of society and companionship suffered by her family due to her loss, and payment of funeral and burial expenses. No trial date has been set by the court.
If your loved one suffers injuries or was killed due to a nursing home or assisted living facilities failure to supervise a resident, call our top rated assisted living injury lawyers now at (800) 606-1717. Our award winning Michigan attorneys have significant experience in these types of cases and a track record of obtaining sizeable settlements for their clients and families. Call today for your free consultation and learn your legal rights. Your call will not only allow your loved one to receive justice for their injuries but also act as a warning to the negligent facility to ensure no other residents are neglected or poorly supervised.