$750,000 settlement for death in retirement community
A local retirement community has agreed to pay $750,000 to the family of an 83-year-old resident who died of a brain hemorrhage after the community staff failed to respond to her emergency alarm. The resident had activated her alarm earlier in the evening, and had been normal when checked by the staff. When the alarm was activated later that evening, the staff decided that it must not have been reset, and did not respond until the following morning. At that time, the resident was found conscious but uncommunicative on her bathroom floor. She became unresponsive en route to the hospital, and died two weeks later of a massive brain bleed. The staff did not contest negligence, but claimed that the brain hemorrhage could not have been treated even if the resident had been found the previous evening.