The family of a San Francisco dementia patient who died last year filed a wrongful death suit against transit agencies responsible for his transportation and his conservator for what they call elder abuse and negligence.
San Francisco attorney Ingrid Evans announced the litigation in a news conference today with members of Kenneth Chin's family.
Chin, 73, lived in an assisted living facility in San Francisco's Richmond District and was transported daily by a shuttle operated by MEDSAM Enterprises and San Francisco Paratransit to Irene Swindells Center for Adult Day Services, his family said.
On Feb. 25, 2011, Chin did not arrive at home, and his caregivers immediately alerted police and his conservator, Jewish Family and Children's Services.
A search for the man lasted several days, until Chin's body was discovered on March 6 in Lincoln Park, less than a mile from where Chin was supposed to be dropped off.
The night Chin disappeared was cold and stormy, and autopsy results indicated Chin died from hypothermia, Evans said.
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Charges of Elder Abuse, Negligence After Dementia Patient Dies of Exposure