The Sentinel Echo reported on the tragic and preventable death of Dorothy McKnight.  McKnight was a resident of Laurel Village.  The facility failed to supervise her and allowed her to leave the premises during frigid winter temperatures on Jan. 18. Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling said after the incident that McKnight was “not dressed for the weather” that measured only 6 degrees above 0 the previous night and morning.  She died from exposure.

A lawsuit was filed May 31 by Joseph McKnight, who was appointed executor of the estate of Dorothy McKnight following her death on Jan. 18.  The lawsuit claims that employees at the elderly housing complex were negligent in supervising the 95-year-old woman who is described in the lawsuit as “an adult with physical and mental disabilities.”

That alleged negligence includes claims that the staff at Laurel Village “failed to adequately assess, assist, care for, supervise and monitor” McKnight’s  activities; did not follow its own policies and did not provide adequate staff and adequately trained staff.  It also states the nursing facility did not conduct timely checks on the residents and did not implement a care plan for McKnight.



“As a result of the Defendant’s negligence, Dorothy McKnight eloped from the premises, was injured and died,” the document reads. “As a result of Dorothy McKnight’s injuries she suffered physical pain and mental anguish until the time of her death….her estate has incurred funeral and burial expenses.”


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