Court approves suit over veteran’s death


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A court has ruled that the state can be sued over the death of a World War II vet at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

In a 2-1 decision, the Michigan appeals court said the state isn't immune to a lawsuit, because the negligence claimed by Andrew Ball, Jr.'s family was related to his treatment.

The 84-year-old man with dementia was struck several times in the head after wandering into another man's room in 2012. Ball died a few days later.

Ball was living in a secured dementia unit at the state-run veterans home, but was somehow able to get out.

In dissent, Judge Joel Hoekstra said the state should be entitled to immunity, because the incident wasn't tied to medical malpractice.

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