MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A family claims that hazardous conditions at a Myrtle Beach retirement community led to their loved one’s death.
The brother of Ida Storrs filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Wednesday against Myrtle Beach Senior Living at Eagle Crest, the parent company Holiday Retirement and the Timothy Ready, the general manager of the Myrtle Beach retirement home.
The lawsuit states that Storrs moved into Myrtle Beach Senior Living at Eagle Crest on May 16, 2018.
It alleges that between May 16, 2018 and June 3, 2018, Storrs requested that a handrail be installed to help her transition from the walkway leading to her residence onto the patio of her residence.
On June 3, 2018, Storrs tried to go from the walkway to the patio when she fell and hit her head, according to the court documents. The lawsuit goes on to say that Storrs died on June 19, 2018 as a result of the injuries she sustained from the fall.
“Ida Jane Storrs’ death was caused by the hazardous condition of the transition between the walkway and patio which was created, controlled, and maintained by the Defendants,” the lawsuit states.
The court documents say that the defendants owed it to Storrs to create a safe environment for her. They also state the defendants failed to maintain a safe condition for residents and failed to inspect, discover and correct any dangerous conditions that existed.
The family is asking for actual and punitive damages in the case. They’re asking for a jury trial.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of an Eagle Crest resident. We are investigating the situation internally; however, out of respect for loved ones and because we do not comment on litigation, we cannot comment further,” a statement from Holiday Retirement spokesperson Darla Kestle said.