A family claims a three-hour Uber ride led to their elderly relative's death, according to a federal lawsuit.
The family is suing a Pennsylvania senior care facility, accusing the center of discharging an 81-old-man from Toms River.
The lawsuit alleges that with Eugene Hamill was sent home without proper notice because Twin Cedars Senior Living in Shohola, Pennsylvania couldn’t profit off Hamill staying there.
The wrongful death and negligence lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Scranton.
Hamill reportedly suffered a heart attack and stroke prompted by the lengthy Uber ride.
Twin Cedars sent Hamill home on Sept. 11, 2018, disregarding discharge instructions from a licensing supervisor at the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, according to the lawsuit.
While in the Uber en route to his Toms River home, Hamill began vomiting and eventually became unresponsive, according to the suit. By the time he arrived, Hamill suffered a stroke and heart attack and had to be brought to Community Medical Center in Toms River, where he was intubated and placed on a ventilator in the hospital’s intensive care unit, the suit says.
Hamill was transferred to Whiting Health Care Center on Oct. 9, 2018, and died on Sept. 26, 2019, a day before his 83rd birthday, the suit says.
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