A 70-year-old woman has sued her assisted living facility, alleging its operators ignored her complaints of bedbugs and told others she was hallucinating or imagining the critters.
According to The News Tribune, Marcia Collen said she first saw the bugs in 2016 at the Tacoma facility, called Life Manor, and that earlier this year someone else saw them, too.
“Rather than taking reasonable, prompt action to eradicate the bed bugs upon notice of the problem, Life Manor chose to try and conceal it by attempting to discredit and silence residents who spoke out," her lawsuit states.
Life Manor — which identifies itself as a ministry of the adjacent Life Center church — disputes that.
"Our position on the lawsuit is that it’s without merit and that we intend to fully defend the case," said Grant Lingg, an attorney representing Crown Assisted Living Development, which does business as Life Manor. "We think that Ms. Collen was treated fairly."
He said Life Manor called professionals to the facility at 1609 S. Union Ave. each time Collen and other residents complained of bedbugs. Multiple times in the case of Collen those professionals did not find anything, Lingg said. When they did, he said, the problem was addressed.
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