FindLaw -- Sept. 14, 2006 Ill. Jury in Coroner's Inquest Rules Patient Death from 2-Hour ER Wait at Hospital is a Homicide.

Patient's Heart Attack In Hospital Waiting Room Is a Homicide
Coroner's Inquest Followed Death Afer 2-Hour Wait in ER

September 14, 2006

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