Patient's family sues over power cutoff

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS - The family of an Indiana woman with COPD is suing Indianapolis Power & Light for causing her death when the company shut off her power for nonpayment. Sonya Abromson, 57, who died July 6, 2006, managed to call 911 but didn't have enough breath left to complete the call, according to her family. When paramedics arrived 13 minutes later, they found her unconscious. The lawsuit contends that Abromson did not receive proper notice of the shut-off and claims that IPL knew Abromson was on oxygen because an employee had been at the house two months earlier to disconnect the power. At that time, payment arrangements were made and the family was given information and forms to fill out to give IPL notice of Abromson's medical needs, but IPL says it never received them.