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Ave Maria Nursing Home, James River Transit Sued in Wrongful Death

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The family of Lois Ulrich has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against James River Public Transit and Ave Maria Village nursing home in Jamestown, North Dakota, after Ulrich died 8 days after falling outside the nursing home.

According to the lawsuit, Ulrich, 67, left Ave Maria to play bingo at the Vet’s Club. The James River Transit bus transported her to the club around noon, and then back to Ava Maria between 4:30 and 5:00 that same evening. The family alleges that Ave Maria failed to clear the sidewalk of snow of ice, and the James River Public Transit employee acted in a negligent and careless manner by not preventing Ulrich, who was confined to a wheelchair, from falling out of her wheelchair and onto the sidewalk in front of Ave Maria. The lawsuit says that Ulrich suffered a fractured hip in the fall, which resulted in her death 8 days later.

According to Ave Maria’s records, an employee had cleared the sidewalks about 90 minutes before Ulrich fell. The National Weather Service said the high temperature on that day was 5 degree, with a low temperature of 13 degrees below zero. 0.1 inches of snow fell that day, and winds peaked at 38 miles per hour. Blowing snow was reported.

The lawsuit seeks at least $100,000 in non-economic damages, including loss of counseling and loss of a loves one, as well as economic damages including medical and burial expenses, the Jamestown Sun reported. Ulrich is survived by one daughter and seven sons. disclaimer: This article: Ave Maria Nursing Home, James River Transit Sued in Wrongful Death was posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 6:41 pm at and is filed under Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits.

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