MANDEL: Brampton family declares retirement house attempted to conceal strangulation death

When Evelyn Coulson's household moved her into Sunrise Erin Mills 9 years ago, it was expected to be a short stay at the retirement community for the granny who was recuperating from a damaged hip and experiencing Alzheimer's.

Child Lynn Cunningham states she was so concerned about her care that she had Sunrise sign an arrangement promising close monitoring of her bedridden mom and even paid an extra $213 a week for additional attention.But just 20 days

after Coulson moved in, the body of the 77-year-old mother of five was found hanging off her bed, her neck still caught in between her bed mattress and a gadget connected to its side called a Halo Security Ring.That was horrific enough.Sunrise then allegedly aimed to cover

up the reason for Coulson's death, telling the household she had actually died of natural causes as well as placing a white towel over her neck so they wouldn't see the awful black bruises from where she had actually been strangled."This case is about a household putting their trust in a retirement home and having that trust broken in the worst possible way,"lawyer Michael Smitiuch stated in his opening statement to the Coulsons'$5 million suit versus Sunrise."Evelyn's death need not and ought to not have occurred."The Halo security rings

were connected on each side of her bed on the guidance of Dawn, situated in the Erin Mills Pkwy.-Burnhamthorpe Rd. area, the lawyer contends. The jury has actually heard the gadgets were set up incorrectly and both Riska Medical/Surgical Supply and the maker, Kunde Healthcare Solutions, have because settled and are no longer part of the Coulsons' lawsuit.The family declares Daybreak needs to have realized the rings had not been set up appropriately."For over 20 days with the Halo in place, they didn't recognize the strangulation risk-- the space-- nor take any steps to repair it,"their attorney informed the six jurors."Sunrise of Erin Mills had the last and finest opportunity to prevent Evelyn's death. "More than 10 member of the family filled one side of the small Brampton courtroom, much of them getting into tears when Smitiuch unveiled a picture of Coulson after her death.It was the coroner who got rid of the towel from her neck and told them that rather of the serene ending they 'd pictured, the rock of their big household had actually passed away from strangulation, the attorney said." They saw Evelyn with the thick, dark marks on her neck,"he stated."Greg( Coulson )and Lynn discharged horrified screams. "Ever since, Smitiuch said Greg Coulson, a Brampton firefighter, has suffered lasting mental trauma from what he saw, including brilliant headaches, a suicide attempt and an arrest for theft." Greg's life began to break down. "It will depend on the jury to

choose just how much of his troubles must be blamed on his mom's death, the attorney said.In her opening, Sunrise legal representative Anita Varjacic told the jury Coulson's "regrettable accident "need to be blamed on the medical supplier who set up the gadgets and the manufacturer

who didn't alert the company about the dangers of entrapment." Daybreak not did anything wrong, "she said.She also seemed to

recommend Coulson's function in the family was waning: she was suffering from many health issue and was largely non-verbal due to her Alzheimer's. Varjacic also alerted jurors to think about whether Greg Coulson's anxiety and PTSD need to be blamed on his 30 years as a firefighter instead of the" accidental passing"of his mom.Most unexpected was this argument: that Coulson was a tenant in an assisted living home and not a patient in a long-lasting care center guaranteed 24-hour care. But in fact, the attorney included, staff had examined on her an hour before she was found without vital indications."They admittedly worried,"conceded Varjacic.

She firmly insisted there was no cover-up: they had actually put her back in bed and covered her neck"out of dignity and respect" so her mouth would stay closed when loved ones were brought in to see her.The family maintains Daybreak was hoping they might hide their liability. "Had Sunrise merely done the job they 'd assured to do-- in composing-- Evelyn's death could have been avoided. Sunrise was the last line of defence and they failed, "said Smitiuch." They're not here for sympathy. They're here for justice."The trial continues.mmandel@postmedia.com!.?.!

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