CHICAGO — The estate of a man who was developmentally disabled and had schizophrenia is suing a community living facility, claiming wrongful death and negligence.
Ramona Colon, the special administrator for the estate of Mitchell Santiago, filed a complaint on Feb. 29 in the in the Cook Circuit Court against Janaston Management & Development Corporation, Community Alternatives Unlimited and Dr. Victor Thomas, alleging that they knowingly failed to provide quality care as well as supervision of the giving of care.
According to the complaint, Santiago was allegedly found by staff at the living facility to be not eating, vomiting and otherwise not responding normally on Feb. 27, 2015. That afternoon, he was found slumped over in a chair and was taken to the hospital by ambulance, where he was declared dead. The suit alleges the defendants failed to properly screen Santiago for malnutrition and dehydration; failed to provide medical or personal care and its supervision; and failed to monitor his condition, progress and treatment.
The plaintiff seeks compensation for an amount in excess of $50,000. She is represented by Aaron J. Bryant of Bryant Law Group, LLC in Chicago.