NEW ORLEANS – A daughter is seeking damages after her elderly mother choked to death.

Krystal M. Portier, individually and on behalf of the late Ella Mae Portier, filed a lawsuit on Oct. 31, 2017 against Hermes Health Alliance LLC, doing business as St. Luke's Living Center, in Orleans Parish Civil District Court alleging medical malpractice.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking damages for an incident that took place on Dec. 25, 2016. The plaintiff states that her now-deceased mother was a resident at the St. Luke's Living Center and while she was being fed began to choke. The staff at the living center was unable to clear the woman's throat, and the woman passed away on Dec. 28, 2016 due to complications.

The defendant is accused of medical malpractice through failing to help the plaintiff and failing to take the necessary measures to save her life.

The plaintiff seeks all reasonable damages, court costs, attorney fees and all appropriate relief. The plaintiff is represented by attorney Richard M. Martin Jr. of LaMothe Law Firm LLC in New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division M Judge Paulette R. Irons.

Orleans Parish Civil District Court case number 2017-10507

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