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Jury awards $630,000 in ice storm death at Little Rock retirement complex

By John Lynch

This article was published September 21, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.



A Pulaski County jury has awarded more than $630,000 to the family of a 98-year-old widow said to have frozen to death in a west Little Rock retirement complex during the 2012 Christmas ice storm that ravaged the capital city and central Arkansas.



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Print Headline: Award $630,000 in ice storm death; Family of 98-year-old woman sued retirement complex

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PM1118 says... September 21, 2017 at 10:13 a.m.

Why aren't these places required to have generators on site? What an awful failing.

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Littlerocksilver says... September 21, 2017 at 2:28 p.m.

I was one of the prospective jurors for this trial, but would never have been selected. I survey nursing homes and assisted living facilities among the hundreds of different types of businesses I go to.. I was excused in this case because of the forecast length of the trial. I would have thrown the book at the defendants for any number of reasons. Although not required, any caring facility would have a generator. They may have been grandfathered in this case. All of the modern assisted living facilities I visit these days has a generator.

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dvc72120 says... September 21, 2017 at 8:10 p.m.

So while she was freezing, where was her family?

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Sunsetcatcher1 says... October 17, 2017 at noon

dvc72120 to answer your question, the family members did not live at the facility. They were at home when the ice storm hit. They were not aware that the generator at the facility did not work. They had check on their mother before the storm and called the facility during the storm and after and were assured the managers had checked on her and she was ok. It came out during the trial that they never checked on her and ignored the emergency cord pull and continued to sleep while she froze. They would have been there if they could have made it up the iced over hills they lived on.

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