Family of Joe Louis’ Sister Files Negligence Lawsuit

Vunies High, the sister of famous boxer Joe Louis, died earlier this year in an independent living facility. High was 92 and had early stages of Alzheimer’s when she was found dead outside of The Heatherwood in February of this year. She had apparently wandered outside where she then died. Yesterday a lawsuit was filed by High’s family against the senior living management corporation that ran the facility. In the suit, the family alleges that the company labeled itself and independent living center yet provided the same services that a nursing home or assisted living facility would. The company may have designated itself as an independent living facility because in the state where the accident occurred nursing homes and assisted living facilities are strictly regulated while independent living facilities are not. High’s family was not aware of this distinction when they placed High in The Heatherwood. Read more here.

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