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Tyler v. Genesis – Family Sues Maryland Facility for Stopping Life Support without Consent

The family of longtime Baltimore Orioles umpires attendant Ernie Tyler is suing a Baltimore nursing home, claiming that a doctor at the facility cut off life-sustaining care to Tyler without authorization.  (Baltimore Sun)

I have posted a copy of the Complaint here.  The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Baltimore Circuit Court, alleges that a day after Tyler checked into Genesis ElderCare Long Green Center in February 2011, his attending physician, Kenneth Lindyberg, “terminated necessary medical care, including antibiotics, blood products, medical tests, and medications without Mr. Tyler’s permission and without the knowledge or permission of his family.”

“The records indicate that Mr. Tyler did not have an advanced directive, and that Dr. Lindyberg knew family members had the sole authority to make decisions about his care,” Stefanuca said. “Yet he proceeded to make decisions without their consent.”

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