Nursing Homes May be Responsible in Hurricane Katrina Deaths

Nursing Homes May be Responsible in Hurricane Katrina Deaths

At least 140 nursing home patients died in the recent Hurricane Katrina and her aftermath, prompting criminal investigations by the government.  The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office reported that they are leading a series of investigations to see whether or not the nursing homes were negligent in the deaths.  Arrests and charges are likely to occur, as are related personal injury lawsuits.

Kris Wartelle, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General said that investigations were prompted due to the types of deaths reported.  Apparently people were abandoned and left to fend for themselves, or were evacuated in an improper way.  Other patients were found to have been possibly euthanized.

Salvador and Mable Mangano, owners of the St. Bernard Parish nursing home, were recently arrested for failing to evacuate patients in a timely manner, resulting in 34 deaths.

New reports show that most of the people who died in Hurricane Katrina were elderly residents of the city who were unable to evacuate.  Some 60 percent of the 500 victims were 61 years or older, according to reports from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

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