Mother awarded $1.5 million in case against Zumbro Valley Health Center following son’s death

Red Wing Mother Receives $1.5 Million in Lawsuit Against Zumbro Valley Health Center for Son’s Death: A Wake-Up Call for Healthcare Professionals

In 2021, a Red Wing mother was awarded $1.5 million by jurors in a lawsuit against Zumbro Valley Health Center. The lawsuit was brought by Jill Adams, whose son Caleb Malek passed away at the age of 23 while under the care of the Rochester health center.

According to court records, Malek had tested positive for fentanyl, Percocet, and THC while living in a sober living home. He then went to Zumbro Valley Health Center for detox. However, the lawsuit alleged that employees at the health center did not follow proper protocols when caring for Malek. Specifically, they failed to check on him every 15 minutes as required by policy and did not properly screen him for drugs upon admission. Additionally, it was claimed that the health center did not adequately train staff on how to recognize signs of a breathing problem.

The verdict form for this case was dated March 22, 2024. This case serves as a reminder of the importance of proper care and treatment in healthcare settings, particularly when it comes to addiction and detoxification. For more stories like this and other updates, be sure to check out our mobile apps. Copyright 2024 KTTC. All rights reserved.

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