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Assisted Living Death

Steve Wagner

An 89-year-old dementia patient died last Monday when she drowned in a pond near her assisted living facility in Mishawaka.

The woman, Christel Moryl, was last seen on Sunday night when she spoke with her nurse in the hallway of the facility. She then went to her apartment and wasn’t seen again until her caregiver found her body in the pond on Monday.

While the St. Joseph’s County coroner’s office has ruled her death as an accident, we can’t let this go by without noting how many unnecessary deaths and injuries occur each year as a result of negligence from caregivers in nursing home and assisted living facilities.

It is estimated that nearly 30% of all nursing home and assisted living residents suffer from some type of abuse or neglect while they are residents in these facilities. How many of them are killed due to violence, abuse or neglectful situations? How many lives of our elderly loved ones could be spared if their living conditions were more closely monitored?

If you have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one due to harmful conditions in a nursing home or assisted living facility, the wrongful death lawyers at Wagner Reese want to assist you in bringing justice to this situation and hopefully preventing the unnecessary deaths of other residents in these places. Help us protect your loved ones; give us a call today at (888) 204-8440 for more information on nursing home negligence.


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