Nursing home resident’s case could set Florida legal precedent

A nursing home abuse case recently went to jurors in Florida where they will consider whether the life-prolonging measures taken by the nursing home deprived the 92 year-old woman of her right to die with dignity. The lawsuit was filed by the 92 year-old’s granddaughter and is believed to be the first case to seek damages involving wrongful prolongation of life to reach the trial level in Florida.

The 92 year-old had witnessed many deaths filled with pain and suffering and was committed to her desire for a peaceful death. The woman had a living will and advanced directives that life prolonging treatments would be withheld if she was in the process of dying or if there was little likelihood she would return to a state of self-awareness. Despite the nursing home’s knowledge of her wishes, the 92 year-old was subjected to 6 days of invasive treatments before her ultimate death.

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