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More Lawsuits for Unwanted Resuscitation

Last year, I blogged about a number of cases in which families sued, or regulators fined, healthcare facilities for resuscitating patient and residents who did NOT WANT to be resuscitated.  These cases continue.

A recently filed federal complaint on behalf of 93-year-old Flora Mae Daniles alleges:  “Daniels was in respiratory failure and despite the fact that her wishes were not to be resuscitated, Golden Living Trussville negligently and wantonly ignored her wishes and the DNR and sent her back to the hospital.”


The complaint asserts claims for 

  • Negligence
  • Wantonness
  • Negligent Training & Supervision
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Breach of Contract
  • Wanton Supervision & Training
  • Independence & Dignity at End of Life
  • 1983 Deprivation of Rights
  • Denial of Due Process
  • Outrage


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