When someone is injured or loses their life as a result of an accident, those responsible usually have to pay the victim compensation. Sometimes, this can be a single person, or it can be multiple persons or a company responsible. Sometimes, lawsuits can name both a company and individuals as defendants.
A nursing home owned by Minnesota County, two administrators of the nursing home, and an unnamed employee of the nursing home are all named as defendants in a lawsuit that was filed. The lawsuit was filed by a patient’s family.
The family of Theresa Rotter, who passed away in 2013, filed a civil rights lawsuit against the care home she resided in. The lawsuit names Ramsey County Care Center in St. Paul, Minnesota as one of the defendants. Two administrators and a nursing home employee were also named individually in the lawsuit.
Rotter’s family contends that Rotter required a special pureed diet because she had no teeth. Rotter also had a history of aspirating food. On Easter, 2013, Rotter’s meal ticket did not show that she required a special diet. The unidentified employee named in the suit gave Rotter solid food, which was partially inhaled.
Rotter died the following day. The cause of death was listed as sepsis of the lungs.
According to the lawsuit, the computers that the facility used to print out instructions for the staff did not work on holidays. The facility typically had an employee to audit care plans, however, this employee did not work on weekends.
Another part of the litigation claims that facility administrator Steven Fritzke and director Joleen Magee were aware of the issues involving the computers but did nothing to fix them.
The family of Rotter is seeking damages related to medical and funeral expenses.
If you have been injured as the result of an accident, contact the law offices of John Foy & Associates. The “Strong Arm” attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve.