On Monday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals decided that Michael Sorenson, a disabled resident of a group home, could sue his former group home operator. In 2013, when his caretaker stepped away, a roommate poured boiling water over Mr. Sorenson’s head. Mr. Sorenson sued for damages related to the injuries, as he suffered severe burns to 35% of his body. Options Residential, Inc., the group home operator, claimed it was immune from the lawsuit under the Minnesota Commitment and Treatment Act. The Court of Appeals disagreed, concluding that Options Residential, Inc. could be held accountable for the neglect.
Attorney Andrea B. Niesen of Klampe, Delehanty & Pasternak, LLC participated in the case on behalf of Minnesota Association for Justice. Minnesota Association for Justice is committed to strengthening the civil justice system so that deserving individuals can get justice, and wrongdoers are held accountable.
The full text of the Minnesota Court of Appeals decision is found here: