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

Zumbro Valley Health Center Faces $1.5 Million Lawsuit for Negligent Treatment of 23-Year-Old Male Patient

Jill Adams, a mother from Red Wing, was awarded $1.5 million in a lawsuit against Zumbro Valley Health Center following the death of her son, Caleb Malek, in 2021. Malek, who was 23 at the time of his passing, had tested positive for fentanyl, Percocet, and THC in his sober living home and sought detox treatment at Zumbro Valley Health Center.

According to court records, jurors found that Zumbro Valley Health Center was negligent in its care and treatment of Malek. The lawsuit alleged that employees did not follow the policy of checking on Malek every 15 minutes and failed to adequately screen him for drugs upon admission. Additionally, it was claimed that Zumbro Valley did not train its staff to recognize signs of a breathing problem which may have contributed to Malek’s death.

The verdict form for the case was dated March 22nd, 2024 with the jury ruling in favor of Adams. This story can be found on the KTTC app where more news and updates can be accessed. Copyright 2024 KTTC All rights reserved.

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