Mother awarded $1.5 million after winning case against Zumbro Valley Health Center following son’s death

In 2024, a Red Wing mother named Jill Adams was awarded $1.5 million in a lawsuit against Zumbro Valley Health Center following the death of her son, Caleb Malek. The lawsuit alleged that the Rochester health center was negligent in its care and treatment of Malek.

According to court records, jurors found that Zumbro Valley failed to check on Malek every 15 minutes as per policy and did not adequately screen him for drugs upon admission. Additionally, it was claimed that the health center failed to train its staff to recognize signs of a breathing problem, which may have contributed to Malek’s death.

Malek, who was 23 at the time of his passing, tested positive for fentanyl, Percocet, and THC in his sober living home and sought detox treatment at Zumbro Valley Health Center. The verdict form for the case was dated March 22, 2024, with the jury ruling in favor of Adams.

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