Court: Victim’s family can sue vets’ home

The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. (file)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — More than two years after a vet was killed during a fight at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, his family is being told they can sue.

Andrew Ball, a World War II veteran, died in April 2012 after being assaulted by another veteran at the home. Ball — who had a history of wandering — had gone into the other resident’s room.

The government had argued it had immunity from a lawsuit filed by Ball’s family. The Michigan Court of Appeals rejected that in a ruling handed down Wednesday.

>>Online: Read the full appeals court decision (pdf)

The lawsuit against the state, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the Home For Veterans can now move forward.

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