Exclusive: Nursing Home Hires New Orleans Attorney, Outlines Defenses


INVESTIGATION, THEY CLAIM THEY DID NOTHING WRONG FOR THE FIRST TIME WEARING FROM A HOLLYWOOD HILLS NURSING HOME ATTORNEY ABOUT THOSE 14 PATIENTS WHO DIED IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS AFTER HURRICANE IRMA HE POINTS TO A CASE OF HURRICANE KATRINA ARGUING IT WILL CLEAR HIS CLIENT

— Reporter: THE ATTORNEY FOR HOLLYWOOD HILLS THAT DOWN WITH THIS FOR TWO MONTHS IN HER SINGLE MASSES REFUSED TO DISCUSS WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE DECISIONS MADE WHY TWO MONTHS OF SILENCE? Reporter: JIM IS UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO REPRESENT THE NURSING HOME AND ITS OWNER IN 2005 COP REPRESENTED THE OWNERS OF THE NURSING HOME WHERE 35 RESIDENTS DROWNED AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA HIT NEW ORLEANS I'VE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE

Reporter: THERE WERE CHARGER 35 COUNTS OF HOMICIDE FOR FAILING TO EVACUATE RESIDENTS TO SAFETY BEFORE THE STORM THEY WERE ULTIMATELY FOUND NOT GUILTY SOME OF THE LANGUAGE AND SOME OF THE POLITICIANS THERE USING HERE IN FLORIDA IS ALMOST IDENTICAL TO THE LANGUAGE THAT WAS USED IN LOUISIANA THE NOTION THAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING THIS IS AN OUTRAGE AND SO NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND THIS IS TERRIBLE AND THE OWNERS OF THIS NURSING HOME DID THIS TO THESE PEOPLE THEY DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO TAKE HER VISA RESIDENTS MY OBJECTION IS, FOR POLITICIANS TO THROW ROCKS AT CAREGIVERS

THE FAMILIES OF THE DEBTOR FILING LAWSUITS INCLUDING FRANCO, WHOSE MOTHER AND FATHER DIED WE WANT JUSTICE WE TRUSTED THESE PEOPLE, THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED THEY ARE ANGRY AT THE NURSING HOME AND ANGRY AT DOCTOR MICHEL I UNDERSTAND THAT

I UNDERSTAND THAT BETTER THAN MOST THEIR ANGER IS JUSTIFIED BUT THE ANGER IS MISPLACED Reporter: THE HOLLYWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING THE DEATHS AT THE NURSING HOME WE KNOW THAT WE DEPEND ON THOSE PEOPLE IN THOSE FACILITIES TO CARE FOR MOST LIBERAL POPULATION Reporter: THE MAJORITY PATIENTS WHO EXPIRED ONE HOSPICE

WHAT HAPPENS, THE SICKEST FOLKS GO FIRST Reporter: TO THINK NO AIR- CONDITIONING CONTRIBUTED TO THEIR DEATHS? I'M NOT EIGHT DOCTOR I WILL AT THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AND I WILL LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE AND LET SOMEBODY DECIDE THAT MY OWN VIEW AND WE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE TODAY IS THAT HYPOTHERMIA WHICH IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEBODY GETS OVERHEATED COMES ON JUST LIKE THAT YOU SAID THEY DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD

THE QUESTION IS ASKED OVER AND OVER, WHY NOT EVACUATE? WHY NOT GET THEM OUT OF THERE GREAT QUESTION THE DATA IS QUITE CLEAR Reporter: THE DATA HE IS REFERRING TO THE SERIES OF STUDIES PERFORMED BY RESEARCHERS INCLUDING THIS WOMAN, THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA PROFESSOR WHO EXAMINED WHAT HAPPENED TO 36,000 NURSING HOME RESIDENTS DURING HURRICANES KATRINA, RITA, GUSTAV AND IKE NATURAL DISASTERS CLEARLY RESULT IN DEATHS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS

Reporter: SHE TESTIFIED LAST MONTH IN MIAMI THEY BELIEVED MORE CASUALTIES OCCURRED WHEN THEY EVACUATED RATHER THAN SHELTER RESIDENT OF THE NURSING HOME IS 300% MORE LIKELY TO DIE IF EVACUATED AS OPPOSED TO SHELTERING IN PLACE 300% MORE LIKELY SO EVACUATION IS THOUGHT WITH RESPECT Reporter: AFTER THE LOST POWER, COBB SAID THE NURSING HOME IN MORE THAN 15 CALLS TO FPL, CALLS TO RICK SCOTT CELL PHONE AN ADDITIONAL PLEAS FOR HELP TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT NONE OF THEM RESOLVED THE PROBLEM

WASN'T THAT IS SIGNAL FOR YOU TO RAISE THE RED FLAG AND SAY WE HAVE TO GET THEM OUT OF HERE? THINK ABOUT THE CATCH-22 SITUATION ON THE ONE HAND YOU ARE TALKING TO FPL WHO SAID THE CALVARY IS COMING WHERE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL DO WE THEN PUT AT RISK THE LIVES OF 140 PEOPLE ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT THEY ARE NOT COMING WHEN THEY TELL US THEY ARE SHOULD YOU HAVE HAD A BACKUP GENERATOR FOR THE COOLING UNITS ? WE WILL BRING COMPLETE COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NURSING HOME AT THE TIME OF THIS CASUALTY

AS I UNDERSTAND IT THERE WAS LEGISLATION THAT WAS INTRODUCED MANY YEARS AGO TO REQUIRE ALL NURSING HOMES TO HAVE GENERATORS AND THAT LEGISLATION FAILED — Reporter: IT SOUNDS ACCUSING TECHNICALLY WE WERE FINE BUT WHAT ABOUT MORLEY? COULD YOU HAVE GONE THE EXTRA STEP AND HAD AN EMERGENCY GENERATOR? WE COULD'VE PUT AN EMERGENCY GENERATOR AND AIR CONDITIONING UNIT IN EVERY ROOM IT IS NOT A MOLE QUESTION HIS THE QUESTION OF WHAT IS REQUIRED UNDER STATE LAW Reporter: OFFERED A PREVIEW OF A POSSIBLE DEFENSE STRATEGY FOR SOME OF THE DEATHS THAT OCCURRED AFTER MEMORIAL REGIONAL HOSPITAL EVACUATED THE NURSING HOME

I WAS IN — I WAS IN LOUISIANA WATCHING THIS UNFOLD AND I WATCH THE RESIDENCE BEING TAKEN OUT OF THE HOLLYWOOD HOME IN EVACUATED TO MEMORIAL THEY WHERE LAYING IN BED'S IN THE SUN I DO NOT KNOW WHO DID THAT BUT THAT IS NOT A WISE THING TO DO WITH PATIENTS THAT ARE ALLEGEDLY HEATED, TO PUT THEM IN THE SUN AND TRIAGE THEM INTO ANOTHER PLACE THAT IS WHY EVACUATIONS ARE NOT FAVORED BECAUSE WHEN YOU MOVE THEM, YOU LOSE THEM JIM JOINING US NOW

WE TALKED TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, WE WANT TO MAKE THIS POINT AGAIN THEY CLAIM THEY BELIEVE THEIR ACTIONS THAT MORNING HELPED SAVE LIVES IT SOUNDS LIKE PART OF HIS LEGAL DEFENSE IS THAT THESE PEOPLE WERE OLD, A LOT WERE ON HOSPICE AND THEY WERE GOING TO DIE SOON ANYWAY I CANNOT IMAGINE IT COULD BE MORE OFFENSIVE TO THE LOVED ONES IT WAS A COMBINATION BECAUSE WHAT HE WAS SAYING BEFORE, TALKING ABOUT AND FRAIL POPULATION WHO IS THE MOST VULNERABLE BEING IN THE SITUATION WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO DIE

HIS SITUATION, WITH YOU SHELTER IN PLACE OR LEAVE, YOU HAVE A HIGHER MORTALITY RATE AMONG THE MOST FRAIL POPULATION THAT IS THE POINT I THINK HE WAS TRYING TO MAKE GREAT JOB IN GETTING THIS YOU INTERVIEWED THE EMPLOYEES YESTERDAY ONE THE THINGS I WANTED TO POINT OUT, THERE IS ANOTHER BIT OF NEWS — NEWS, JIM COBB TOLD US THEY TOOK READINGS INSIDE THE NURSING HOME AND THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE AFFIDAVITS, SAYING THAT THE TEMPERATURE INSIDE THE NURSING HOME WAS NO MORE THAN 81 OR 82 DEGREES

I'M SURE — RIGHT NOW NOBODY HAS BEEN CHARGED I WANT TO RAISE ONE OTHER POINT ONE OF THE THINGS HE SAID IN THE STORY THAT THAT WAS BAFFLING, THINK ABOUT THE CATCH- 22 SITUATION THAT YOU ARE IN IF YOU ARE THE DECISION-MAKER THIS IS THE POINT WE STRESSED YESTERDAY AND AGAIN TODAY

KEEP ASKING THE NURSING HOME, WHO WAS THE DECISION-MAKER AND THEY KEEP TELLING US THEY HAVE TO GET BACK TO US YOU WAS IN CHARGE THAT DAY? THAT IS THE QUESTION I THINK A LOT OF THIS WILL COME DOWN TO> YOU ARE HERE FOR CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THIS NURSING HOME TRAGEDY WHERE YOU WILL SEE EXCLUSIVE REPORTING

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