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California Lawsuit for Not Honoring POLST

The family of Mary Virginia Schuller has just filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against a long term care facility for, among other things, failing to honor her June 2014 POLST.  

Administratively, CMS has already concluded that the facility violated Ms. Schuller’s rigths under Medicare/Medicaid Conditions of Participation.  The civil damages claims are for:

  • ELDER ABUSE & NEGLECT
  • NEGLIGENCE
  • NEGLIGENT HIRING, SUPERVISION, & RETENTION
  • VIOLATION OF RESIDENTS RIGHTS
  • NEGLIGENT INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS
  • WRONGFUL DEATH

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