Delay suffered injuries at facility's nursing unit

A wrongful death suit has been filed against the Motion Picture & Television Fund by the family of an 89-year-old woman who suffered severe injuries from a fall at the facility’s Woodland Hills nursing unit last October.

The family of Carrie Delay, who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease, says that on Oct. 17 she was left in her wheelchair unsupervised near a nursing station, but 30 minutes later was found on a landing between the first and second floors, a fall of about 15 feet. She suffered a severe fracture to her spine and other injuries, and died a week later.

Attorney Anthony Lanzone, representing Delay’s family, said that they are questioning how she could have made it from the spot where she was left to some 300 feet away behind a fire door which she “was not capable of opening herself.” He said that the state Department of Public Health also was conducting an investigation.

The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys. It also alleges a violation of the Patient’s Bill of Rights, elder abuse and neglect and premise liability.

Delay lived at the facility for nearly a decade before her death, first at the cottages, then an assited living unit and then at the skilled nursing unit as her condition deteriorated.

A spokeswoman for the Motion Picture & Television Fund said they had no comment given the pending litigation.

A case management hearing has been set for Aug. 5.

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