Daughter claims Comfort Keepers' negligence led to mother's death

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 7, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A daughter and estate executrix is suing CK Franchising Inc., which does business as Comfort Keepers and Sodexo Inc., alleging that the defendants did not take sufficient measures to prevent injuries to and the death of her mother.

Anita L. Ostrowski, individually and as executrix of the estate of Mary Louise Vybiral filed a complaint May 27 in the Allegheny County Courts of Common Pleas. Ostrowski claimed that the defendants failed to properly train, supervise and oversee their staff in the areas of patient care and reporting patient incidents and injuries.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff hired the defendants on Oct. 3, 2017 to provide in-home care to her mother. As a result of the defendants' alleged negligence, Ostrowski said her mother fell to the ground and struck her head on a concrete porch, resulting in broken ribs, a hematoma to the back and blow to the head. The complaint alleges that all of these injuries ultimately led to Vybiral's untimely death.

The plaintiff claims the defendants are responsible for her mother's death because they left Vybiral unattended and failed to timely report her injuries so she could receive proper care.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages, court costs, interest and all other just and equitable relief. She is represented by Richard G. Talarico of Woomer & Talarico LLC in Pittsburgh.

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