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

Jill Adams, a Red Wing mother, 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, tested positive for fentanyl, Percocet, and THC in his sober living home and sought detox treatment at Zumbro Valley Health Center.

Stories like this can be found in the KTTC app where more news and updates can be accessed. Court records revealed that jurors found the Rochester health center negligent in its care and treatment of Malek. The lawsuit alleged that employees did not adhere to 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 failed to 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 case serves as a reminder of the importance of proper healthcare and training for medical professionals handling patients with substance abuse issues. It also highlights the need for strict adherence to policies and procedures in order to provide adequate care for patients seeking detox treatment.

By Riley Johnson

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