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Lawsuit for Unilateral Withdrawal – King v. Summa Health

A few days ago, the family of Minnie King filed a lawsuit against Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio.  They allege that clinicians at Akron City Hospital “withdrew life-sustaining treatment . . . without consent.” 

The claims are for (1) wrongful death and (2) conscious disregard for the patient’s rights and safety.  Importantly, the second claim supports punitive damages.  

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