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Monte Coffman said a telephone call could have cleared up any misunderstandings with lawyers for the estate of a disabled woman who have filed wrongful death lawsuits.
Coffman is executive director of Windsor Place At-Home Care in Coffeyville. Lawyers say the company failed to provide a health care worker last March when 28-year-old Jackie Coberly died in a fire at her home in Scott City. Also killed in the fire were Coberly's 4-year-old son and her boyfriend's daughters, ages 8 and 6.
Coffman told KFDI that Coberly, a quadraplegic since an auto accident in 2009, self-directed her home care, which means she hired and scheduled her own health care workers. Coffman said Windsor was only hired to provide administrative services, like filing taxes and medicaid papers.
Coffman said the first time he heard of any legal complaint was when he was called by a member of the media wanting his reaction.
Also named as a defendant by lawyers in Sedgwick County is the landlord of Coberly's 2-bedroom rental house. They claim the landlord failed to provide smoke detectors.