Mother Sues Kansas Residential Home After Son’s Death

February 21, 2012

A McLouth woman is suing a Lawrence, Kansas, residential home for the disabled over her son’s death in a fall.

Josephine VanDruff claims in the lawsuit that an employee of Community Living Opportunity did not follow accepted care standards while transporting her son, Timothy D. Gibson., in February 2010.

She says that caused Gibson, who needed help to walk, to fall. The lawsuit claims he suffered a muscle weakness after the fall and died two months later from the injuries.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the 51-year-old Gibson died in April 2010.

CLO officials denied the allegations. CEO Mike Strouse says Gibson was well cared for in the two decades he lived at the center.

VanDruff is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

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