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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Assisted Living Center

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Lancaster, CAThe son of an 89-year-old woman who died of heat stroke has filed a lawsuit alleging elder care neglect on the part of the home. The wrongful death lawsuit claims the home where the victim lived was negligent in allowing the victim to develop heat stroke.

According to a CBS report, (06/20/12), Ronald Corn, who is represented by attorney R. Rex Parris, filed the lawsuit following the death of his mother, who was allegedly left outside in temperatures higher than 100 degrees. The lawsuit was filed against Sunrise Sterling Canyon Assisted Living of Valencia, where Loretta Hooker lived since July 2007.

Corn says he arrived at the home on August 24, 2011, and found his mother alone and unresponsive on a patio with no shade. She showed signs of respiratory distress and was taken to a local hospital, where she died of heatstroke. Her internal temperature was reportedly 103.3 degrees when she died.

Corn's lawsuit alleges elder abuse, negligence, fraud and wrongful death.

"She died from heat exhaustion," Parris told CBS (see video below). "It's a serious crime to treat your dog that way, and we're allowing people to treat our parents that way."

Officials from Sunrise issued a statement that they take allegations of wrongdoing seriously and work to provide residents with the best care possible.

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Yea stupid [name] left her out in the sun I used to volunteer there at the time of these incident she did not like to work

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My mother resides at the Sunrise Assisted Living of Lincoln Park in Chicago and since we are at this facility on a daily basis, we have seen so much troubling behavior from some of the care managers and especially, the management. If not for the fact that mom is dying (currently receiving Hospice care), we would find another facility. We are now with her 24/7. Below is just a small sample of what we are dealing with . . .

We have had a two hour wait for a care manager to arrive and assist mom in the bathroom. When we signed the contract, we were told there would be an 8 to 10 minute wait. We voiced our concern with management. They did nothing.

Mom pulled her pager cord because she needed assistance in the bathroom. The care giver arrived while I stepped out, assumed I had left for the evening, turned the alarm off without helping mom. We voiced our concern with management. They did nothing.

One evening, mom was experiencing difficulty breathing and was in extreme pain. I pulled the pager cord by her bed, waited 10 minutes and when no one arrived, started searching the halls for help. Found two care managers on another floor, explained the situation and the nurse arrived after 20 minutes to administer mom's medication. The Sunrise regional director of nursing said a 20 minute wait to administer mom's medication was acceptable but our Hospice nurse said that the wait was unacceptable. We set-up a meeting between my brother, the Hospice nurse, Hospice chaplain, Hospice social worker and myself. We were to discuss my mother's care issues (red marks on back, the need to be rotated so as not to develop bed sores, etc.). The Sunrise director of nursing yelled from across the lobby and said, "I have scheduled another meeting because you did not confirm this meeting''. Our Hospice nurse said, "Confirm the meeting? We agreed on today at 10:30 a.m.'' but the Sunrise director of nursing just kept walking.

Our monthly statements have all been incorrect to the detriment of us.

Over worked, under staffed employees. Also, if you voice issues with management, they become vindictive.

I just don't want another other family to go through what we are experiencing. Do your research before you place your loved one in Sunrise facilities. There is so much information on the internet about this corporation.

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My 92 year old mother died in 2-2013 as a result of a slip and fall while at a care facility. She was left outside in the rain while the attendant went back inside the building to retrieve an umbrella. Mom was taken to th ER where she was set for surgery. Her meds including her blood thinner where discontinued for the surgery. She had some heart arrythmias on the monitor in the OR and it was determined that she had had a heart attack too severe to survive the surgery. Within a day she lost consciousness but came to only not to know her family or be able to tolerate anything orally ever again. She was moved to comfort care and died within twelve hours. Yes she was 92 but she had life in her up until they left her in the rain. We loved and visited her regular. She went to church and she knew all of her relatives right down to her great grands. Her life was not theirs to take only take care of. I consulted an attorney who was to file my case only to be told by him this week that he believed there was no case since all witnesses work for the facility and Mother died. My thinking is very different. So much of my time for bringing the suit was used by the other attorney. I need to talk with knowledgable people who know what they are doing. Can you help me?


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