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Lawsuit claims retirement center staff were negligent in woman's fall, which killed her.

A $1 million lawsuit filed in Multnomah County this month alleges a Hillsboro nursing home was negligent after a elderly resident fell from her bed and died in 2017.

Yolanda Ortiz filed the lawsuit on Thursday, June 6 against Cornell Estates, a retirement and assisted living facility at 1005 N.E. 17th Ave., in Hillsboro near Cornell Road. Ortiz's mother, Olga Valero, lived at the facility for two years. The woman was prone to falls, the lawsuit said, and needed "more regular supervision and assistance." She moved into the facility in October 2015.

Nearly two years later, on Aug. 23, 2017, Valero fell from her bed and struck her head on the floor. She was rushed to Tuality Community Hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with blunt head trauma. She died a week later from her injury.

Ortiz said staff at Cornell Estates had left Valero alone on the edge of a bed, and had not put up the bed's safety rails which would have prevented her from falling. The lawsuit alleges that staff were negligent in their duties by allowing the woman to fall and injure herself.

The lawsuit seeks $1 million for emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering and depriving Valero's children of their mother's companionship.

The lawsuit also claims that Cornell Estates refused to turn over Valero's medical records to Ortiz. According to the lawsuit, Ortiz spent $3,000 on an attorney to petition probate courts to release the records to her.


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