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Ron Lebovits Recovers $500k in Custodial Neglect Case

December 12, 2016

Ronald Lebovits recovered $500,000.00 by settlement at mediation for the family of a 56 year old man who choked to death in the spring of 2015.  The man suffered from profound developmental and cognitive disabilities.  Among his care needs, the caregivers were required to supervise all meals and instructed to “block him from reaching for food that is not chopped,” to maintain “1:1 supervision by staff until the last resident has finished eating at each meal,” and to “position themselves between (our client) and other residents at all mealtimes.”  On the day of his tragic death, the facility took him to a community outing hosted and sponsored by a local university to raise awareness for persons with special needs.  The host university served food for its guests, which our client ate without supervision.  He started choking on the food and while actively experiencing an airway obstruction, his assigned caregiver repeatedly yanked him up from the ground by a gait bell which was intended to protect him from falling.  Less than 1 hour after our client arrived at the local university, he was pronounced dead at an area hospital and taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. 


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