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Negligence or suicide?

Published on June 7th, 2010

The Record on NorthJersey.com had an article about the trial between the family of a resident who fell to his death from a window left open on the second floor at Preakness Healthcare Center.

“Simply put, as a result of their negligence, he suffered 23 days of hell,” said attorney Angelo Bisceglie, referring to Ora Tate  Tate had been admitted to Preakness by his sister, Loretta Tinsley, on July 3, 2006. He was found by a construction worker at about 7:30 a.m. lying 16 feet below his second-floor room window on July 28, 2006. Pulmonary problems and injuries led to his death three weeks later.

Bisceglie said it was unfortunate that Tate’s room had what is known as an “awning window,” which a person of average size could fall out of as Tate did.

Preakness staffers should have known that Tate might harm himself, given his psychological condition, and been placed in a room that would have been safer.

 

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