Family of deceased King-Harbor patient sues for $45M

The family of a woman who died on the waiting room floor of now-defunct Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital is suing the county that operated the facility for $45 million. Family members of 43-year-old Edith Isabel Rodriguez, who died there in May of a perforated bowel, are claiming negligence, medical malpractice and wrongful death. In its initial filings, the family says it's suing for $1 million for each of the 45 minutes Ms. Rodriguez went untreated prior to her death. Since Rodriguez's death the hospital, which was operated by Los Angeles County, has scaled down into an urgent care center. It closed earlier this year after failing an inspection by CMS.

To learn more about the case:
- read this Los Angeles Times item

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