The family of a 71-year-old woman who died after allegedly being abandoned in a dialysis center in Illinois following the staff exiting the back door of the center at the end of the workday have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the dialysis center, the nursing home where the woman resided, and an ambulance company that allegedly failed to pick up the resident following her dialysis treatment. The woman’s children filed their lawsuit on April 6, 2016 regarding the incident that occurred on Halloween night in 2015.
The woman was brought from the nursing home to the dialysis center for treatment, which concluded shortly after 7:00 p.m. The woman, who was in a wheelchair, was placed in the waiting room of the dialysis center to wait for an ambulance that was supposed to bring her back to the nursing home. While the woman remained in the waiting room, the facility’s staff left by way of the back door at about 8:45 p.m., leaving the woman alone.
The woman’s daughters became concerned when they were unable to reach their mother by telephone and they went to the dialysis center, where they observed their mother slumped in her wheelchair in the waiting room. They frantically banged on the outside door to get their mother’s attention, but to no avail. They called the police, who were unable to gain access to the dialysis center until midnight. The woman was found to be disoriented and later died. It has been reported that there is a surveillance video of the inside of the dialysis center that shows the incident.
An employee of the dialysis center alleges that she called the ambulance company to arrange for the woman to be picked up after her dialysis treatment. The ambulance company insists that it was never called to arrange transportation for the woman from the dialysis center to the nursing home.
The Illinois dialysis center (DaVita Renal Center West Joliet) is owned by DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500 company that is a leading provider of dialysis services in the United States. DaVita Kidney Care treats patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of December 31, 2015, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,251 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 180,000 patients, along with 118 outpatient dialysis centers located in 10 countries outside the United States.
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