Zumbro Valley Health Center Faces $1.5 Million Lawsuit over Son’s Death in Red Wing Mother’s Sober Living Home

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

In 2024, a jury awarded $1.5 million to a Red Wing mother in her lawsuit against Zumbro Valley Health Center. The case involved the death of her son Caleb Malek, who was 23 at the time of his passing. Court records revealed that Jill Adams received the settlement due to the negligence of Rochester health center in its care and treatment of Malek while he was in a sober living home and later at Zumbro Valley Health Center for detox.

According to court documents, Malek tested positive for fentanyl, Percocet, and THC upon admission to Zumbro Valley Health Center. The lawsuit alleged that employees did not adhere to the policy of checking on Malek every 15 minutes and failed to properly screen him for drugs upon admission. Additionally, it was claimed that Zumbro Valley failed to adequately train staff on how to recognize signs of a breathing problem.

The verdict form for this case is dated March 22, 2024. For more stories like this and other updates, you can find them in our mobile apps. Copyright 2024 KTTC. All rights reserved.

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