Southern California Edison was sued Friday by family members of a Fullerton man who died after a power cutoff allegedly denied him needed oxygen from a machine.
Deborah Moses, 67, and her daughter, Christina Archuleta, the widow and daughter, respectively, of Edward Moses, filed the complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging negligence and wrongful death survival, on the first anniversary of his death. The suit seeks unspecified damages.
An SCE representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Edward Moses had a respiratory illness and was dependent on supplemental oxygen provided to him by a machine in his home to keep him alive, the suit states.
About 4:25 p.m. Oct. 25, 2018, SCE stopped power without warning the Moses home, the suit states. Edward Moses immediately began to suffer from oxygen deprivation and experienced severe pain, according to the suit.
Neighbors, paramedics and, later, hospital emergency room staff members tried to save him, but he was declared dead that evening, according to the suit, which describes his passing as “slow and painful.”
Edward Moses and his wife were current on their payments to SCE, the suit states.
The suit describes Edward Moses as a “diligent, industrious, loving husband and father who cared deeply for his family, was devoted to a career and who greatly enjoyed life to the fullest extent.”
His widow and daughter have lost his love, companionship, affection, moral support and guidance, according to the suit.
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