- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey veterans home has agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle a lawsuit in the choking death of a patient at the facility.

The Record newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1KFGqPc) New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus made the settlement with 85-year-old Russell Larson’s family in March, but it recently became official.

Larson choked on his breakfast after being left alone in his room in June 2012. The lawsuit says a nurse found him “blue and cyanotic” 20 minutes later. The nurse treated Larson, but he died.

Another patient choked to death two weeks after Larson died.

The family’s attorney, Barry Sugarman, says the family didn’t want to discuss the settlement.

A spokesman for the state Veterans Affairs Department says the home is “deeply saddened” by Larson’s death.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com

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