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Nursing home faces lawsuit; woman’s family claims understaffing at the facility led to her death

California Rancho Mirage, CA - A nursing home in Rancho Mirage that was cited and fined by state regulators for an incident in which an 82-year-old Palm Desert woman died after not receiving CPR is now being sued by the woman's family. On Wednesday, one year to the day after Gracie E. Davis died at Brighton Gardens of Rancho Mirage, attorneys for her family filed a lawsuit against the nursing home and its parent company, claiming elder abuse and wrongful death based on negligence and neglect by the home's staff. The complaint filed at Riverside County Superior Court in Indio attributes the circumstances that led to Davis' death to "chronic and systematic understaffing" at Brighton Gardens. It claims that the employees who were present when Davis stopped breathing and fell to the floor were undertrained.

August 30, 2006

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