In Kansas in March a fire resulted in the death of a 28-year-old quadriplegic
woman and her three children, the oldest just 8 years old. The woman,
who became a quadriplegic after a car accident, managed to call 9-1-1,
but she still died as a result of the fire. Now her family is suing for
The lawsuits were filed against Windsor Place At-Home Care, which the suits
allege was responsible for providing 24-hour car to the quadriplegic woman,
Jackie Coberly. The caregiver on duty was late on the morning of the fire,
and the lawsuits claim Coberly and her children would have survived had
the caregiver been there on time. Windsor Place counters that it was not
paid for or responsible for Coberly’s round-the-clock care but instead
provided administrative support, taking care of Coberly’s taxes
and benefits paperwork and such.
The families are also suing the wonders of the rental home where Coberly
lived. The lawsuits claim the landlords did not provide the home with
a working smoke detector.
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