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Crime4 Will Be Charged in Florida Nursing Home Deaths After Hurricane Irma, Lawyers Say

04:25  25 august  2019
04:25  25 august  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

Hurricane Irma Nursing Home Arrests Expected Monday

Hurricane Irma Nursing Home Arrests Expected Monday Arrest warrants have been issued against four employees of the Hollywood Hills nursing home, accusing them of playing a role in the deaths of a dozen residents after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning for the facility, defense attorneys for the workers told CBS Miami. © Provided by CBS Local, a division of CBS Radio IncThe employees, including the nursing home’s administrator, Jorge Carballo, and the head nurse on duty during the storm, Sergo Colin, are expected to surrender to Hollywood Police Monday morning.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The first patient was rushed into the emergency room of Memorial Regional Hospital around 3 a . m . on Wednesday, escaping a nursing home that had lost air-conditioning in the muggy days after Hurricane Irma splintered power lines across the state .

Not counting the nursing home deaths , at least 14 people in Florida have died under Irma -related circumstances, and six more in South Carolina In Hollywood, three residents were found dead at the nursing home early Wednesday after emergency workers received a call about a person with a heart

The police in Hollywood, Fla., plan to charge four employees of a nursing home in the deaths of a dozen residents who succumbed to heat exposure there in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in 2017, lawyers for two of the employees said on Saturday.

4 Will Be Charged in Florida Nursing Home Deaths After Hurricane Irma, Lawyers Say© Jason Henry for The New York Times Outside the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Fla., in 2017 after Hurricane Irma.

Among those charged will be Jorge Carballo, the administrator of the nursing home, said Jim Cobb, his lawyer, as well as the director of nursing and two nurses.

Eight people died on Sept. 13, 2017, at the nursing home, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, after air-conditioners failed in the wake of the powerful hurricane. Several more died in the following weeks. A local medical examiner ruled that 12 of the heat-related deaths were homicides.

Four To Surrender In Hurricane Irma Nursing Home Deaths Investigation

Four To Surrender In Hurricane Irma Nursing Home Deaths Investigation Four employees of the Hollywood Hills Nursing Home, accused of playing a role in the deaths of a dozen residents after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, are expected to surrender this morning to law enforcement after warrants were issued for their arrest. © Provided by CBS Local, a division of CBS Radio IncNursing home administrator Jorge Carballo and the head nurse on duty during the storm, Sergo Colin, are expected to surrender to Hollywood Police, according to the workers’ defense attorneys. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

At least eight people have died at a Florida nursing home after power outages during Hurricane The Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills, north of Miami, said in a statement on Wednesday that Read more: Hurricane Irma adds extra challenge to immigrants in Florida . The causes of death are

At least eight people have died at a Florida nursing home after power outages during Hurricane The Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills, north of Miami, said in a statement on Wednesday that Read more: Hurricane Irma adds extra challenge to immigrants in Florida . The causes of death are

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The center was shut down, and investigations by the state and Senate found that some nurses had failed to properly record patient information, including vital signs and temperatures. The investigations also found that poor state and federal oversight and regulation had led to “questionable decision-making by facility administrators.”

In one instance, a patient was described as “resting in bed” with “even and unlabored” breathing when the patient was actually dead, a state report said. Nursing home officials have said they tried to alert state authorities and the power company that they needed help restoring the air-conditioning system — and got none. More than 100 patients were transferred from the nursing home to hospitals.

3 charged in Florida nursing home deaths surrender

3 charged in Florida nursing home deaths surrender Several employees of a Florida nursing home have surrendered to face charges in connection with a power outage at a Florida nursing home that led to the deaths of 12 patients. 

Police are investigating the deaths of eight nursing home residents in Hollywood, Florida , where oppressive heat and humidity set in after Hurricane Irma knocked out much of the power in the area.

Florida Power & Light said on Wednesday that the nursing home was not on a priority list for emergency power restoration. Two days after Hurricane Irma , Rodriquez Benjamin, 86, stands in the door of his room waiting for help to arrive, without power, food, or water at at Cypress Run, an

The governor criticized the home for not calling 911 until residents were suffering respiratory distress, and in some cases were near death. A lawyer for the nursing home responded that patients were constantly monitored and that there was no reason to call 911 before they actually became ill.

The Hollywood Police Department did not return a call seeking comment on Saturday.

Mr. Cobb said he was outraged by the planned charges. He said the police were going after people who were trying to help in the days after the hurricane devastated Caribbean islands and resulted in the deaths of 129 people, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“It’s the government scapegoating and going as far down the food chain as they can possibly go to absolve themselves of the problems that were caused,” Mr. Cobb said. “This is just wrong.”

Lawrence Hashish said he was representing one of the nurses who faces charges. Mr. Cobb and Mr. Hashish said they expected their clients to surrender on Monday after the police obtain an arrest warrant.

Police expected to discuss evidence in nursing home deaths

Police expected to discuss evidence in nursing home deaths Police will discuss the manslaughter charges they filed against a Florida nursing home administrator and employees for the 2017 heat-related deaths of 12 patients after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility's air conditioning. 

“Who gets charged is part of the continuing investigation,” said Miranda Grossman, a Geoffrey D Smith, a lawyer for the nursing home , said in a letter to the House Energy and Commerce The category 4 hurricane made landfall in the United States in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a . m . after raking

Since Monday, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) said more than 3 million homes and businesses have had power restored, with around a third of the state The White House Press Secretary told reporters Wednesday that Trump will be in the Naples and Fort Myers area, but did not provide any specific

The lawyers said they had not been told exactly what charges would be filed, but expected manslaughter to be among them.

“This has been a two-year investigation and now they’re bringing the charges?” Mr. Hashish said. “If there was neglect, they would have known 22 months ago.”

It is rare for authorities to bring criminal charges against health care professionals in deaths during natural disasters. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, prosecutors in Louisiana charged a husband and wife with negligent homicide after 34 people died in the couple’s nursing home in New Orleans. But a jury acquitted the couple two years later after four hours of deliberation.

Mr. Cobb led the couple’s defense team and sought to blame the state and federal government for the deaths of the trapped residents, which made up the single deadliest episode of the storm that led to 1,833 deaths.

On Saturday, Mr. Cobb said he planned to use a similar strategy to defend Mr. Carballo.

“I can assure you we will be blaming lots of folks,” Mr. Cobb said.

As Dorian nears, Florida nursing homes face heat for lacking generators.
As Dorian nears, Florida nursing homes face heat for lacking generators

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