Senior facility settles lawsuit
TRAVERSE CITY â€” Loretta Lockman Fineout was a â€œvibrant, feistyâ€ woman of 87 when she moved into Hope Village senior living community in 2008.
Severe physical pain diminished Fineoutâ€™s will to live in the months leading up to her death in 2011, which loved ones contend was hastened by stolen prescription medication and many falls she took at the Williamsburg-based Hope Village, according to a lawsuit filed in Grand Traverse Countyâ€™s 13th Circuit Court.
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan owns and operates Hope Village and denied any negligence in a wrongful death lawsuit in which Fineoutâ€™s son, Steve Lockman, is named as a personal representative. The parties reached a confidential settlement shortly before the case was to go to trial last November.
Fineoutâ€™s family received $1.75 million, according to press release from a communications firm hired by Dingeman, Dancer & Christopherson, a Traverse City law firm that represented Fineoutâ€™s family. The press release outlined general details of the case but did not name the involved parties.