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Seattle-area nursing home sued over coronavirus death

UPDATED: Sat., April 11, 2020

A worker wearing protective gear is seen through a window as she works in the room of a woman who has tested positive for the new coronavirus, as her daughters look in from outside the window, March 10, 2020, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
A worker wearing protective gear is seen through a window as she works in the room of a woman who has tested positive for the new coronavirus, as her daughters look in from outside the window, March 10, 2020, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
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SEATTLE – The daughter of a woman who died of a suspected coronavirus case at a Seattle-area nursing home connected to dozens of COVID-19 deaths is suing the company that owns the Life Care Center of Kirkland.

The Life Care Center has seen more than 120 cases and at least 37 deaths, according to the wrongful death and fraud lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court.

Deborah de los Angeles, the daughter of former resident Twilla June Morin, was told by phone that her mother had died of suspected COVID-19 on March 4, KOMO reported. According to the lawsuit, de los Angeles was never notified that there had been previous deaths from COVID-19 at the facility.

Earlier this month, federal regulators assessed a $611,000 fine against the Kirkland nursing home after an inspection found critical problems that contributed to the outbreak there.

The federal inspection found a number of deficiencies at the Kirkland nursing facility that placed patients’ safety in “imminent danger.”

The lawsuit also claims the nursing home “engaged in fraud by concealing, suppressing and failing to disclose material facts.”

In a statement, Life Care Center said: “Our hearts go out to this family and the loss they have suffered during this unprecedented viral outbreak. We are unable to comment on specific legal cases that are pending, but we wish this and all families peace.”

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