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Nursing home sued for wrongful death in hidden video incident

Each person deserves death with dignity. When a loved one is in the care of nursing home staff, families hope that they can trust the people in charge of preserving that dignity and offering aid when it is needed. One nursing home has faced a wrongful death suit in the aftermath of one man's death. Families of individuals in California nursing homes may wish to know more details about the case in order to help any person who has been harmed due to medial negligence. 

After fighting to have it suppressed, a video of the man's last hours was made available to news teams. The family had installed the hidden camera to monitor the treatment of their beloved relative. Video footage shows the man calling for help and nurses failing to help him as they laughed and chatted while he struggled to breathe. 

Due to the stories given by the nurses that conflicted with video evidence, two nurses lost their licenses as a result of the man's death. At least one nurse reported that she had performed CPR, while the video shows that she clearly did not. The nursing home is now under new management but still retains the one-star rating given by Medicare. 

For this man, a callous and negligent attitude exacerbated his tragedy. News reports seem to indicate that a settlement was reached in the matter. For other individuals in California facing similar problems with nursing homes, they can be held responsible for any negligent actions. If a person needs to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against a senior care agency, a lawyer can be a helpful tool.

Source: Time, "Nurses Laughed as 89-Year-Old Died Gasping for Air: Video", Nov. 18, 2017

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