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Heat after hurricane causes nursing home wrongful death

The recent aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida has left its mark in a terrible way with many people losing their homes, numerous injuries and deaths. Weather can be one of the most unexpected and dangerous issues that people will face. There is often no predicting it and its damage can happen before anyone realizes it. Those who were hurt through the negligence or lack of attention of others should know that there might be the foundation to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Nursing homes and similar care facilities are designed to help those who are unable to fully care for themselves or need assistance to ensure their safety. After the hurricane, a nursing home that lost power left its residents in smothering heat. Eight died as a result. The facility called for assistance about patients who were suffering the ill effects of the heat that followed the storm. The emergency personnel commented on the extreme heat in the facility, particularly on the second floor. Its air conditioning had been inoperative since the hurricane inflicted its damage. However, the facility was still responsible for caring for the patients and did not.

There were three deaths at the nursing home itself. Five others later died at local hospitals. The ages of the people who died ranged from 70 to 99. One hundred fifteen people had been evacuated from the facility and were taken to local hospitals. The facility has been stopped from patients being allowed to stay there until a governor-mandated moratorium is lifted. Patients were found to have respiratory problems, they were dehydrated and had other illnesses from the heat. Law enforcement is investigating it as a criminal incident.

Families who place their loved ones in a nursing home do so to give them the care they need and a comfortable life. Unfortunately, after the hurricane, eight people died because of issues with the facility and its ability to handle the crisis. The families of the people who died and anyone else who might have become ill must consider their options to be compensated by speaking to an attorney experienced in nursing home cases to move forward with a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source:, "8 dead at Florida nursing home where Irma knocked out power," Sept. 14, 2017

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