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Civil suit against vets’ home dropped

Quincy (WGEM) — A civil suit in Adams County over a 2017 Legionnaires’ related death at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy has been dropped.

Steve Jambois, an attorney representing Matthew Dehn, who’s father, Valdemar “Roy” Dehn, died in October, 2017, said that the civil suit was dropped after a new Illinois law went into effect that raised the amount of damages that can be collected in the state Court of Claims from $100,000 to $2 million.

The civil suit was the second lawsuit filed against the state by Dehn.

“The civil suit was filed as an alternate way to get damages,” said Jambois. “The new law increased the limits so the civil suit was no longer necessary.”

IVH officials said Dehn’s death was not necessarily the direct result of Legionella because he had some existing medical issues. However, the local coroner determined Legionella was a “contributing factor” in Dehn’s death.

Jambois said the lawsuit against the state will move forward and could do so at a quicker pace now that the civil suit was dropped.

Eleven families, including Dehn’s, have sued the state of Illinois, claiming their loved ones died as a result of negligence.

Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss is the Assignment Editor at WGEM.

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