Austin, TX (PRWEB) September 19, 2005
The Johnson Law Firm,
announced today that it is investigating claims on behalf of the families of the deceased victims of St. Ritas Nursing Home in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. The law firm also intends to represent all other families who have lost a family member due to the flooding that occurred after Hurricane Katrina.
According to Steven Johnson of The Johnson Law Firm, "None of these 34 people at St. RitaÂs should have died. Family members of these victims had entrusted their loved ones lives to St. RitaÂs Nursing Home. Failing to evacuate these elderly folks who were not able to help themselves is inexcusable. We will seek a fair measure of justice for our clients and punitive damages against the responsible parties."
According to Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti, the nursing home operators "did not follow their own evacuation plan, and due to their inaction, 34 of the facilityÂs residents died from flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina."
Although they were told that an evacuation was mandatory, "they made a conscious decision that they were going to stay the course," Foti said.
The law requires an evacuation plan and according to Parish officials the home had an evacuation plan. The evacuation plan called for a complete evacuation within 72 hours of a storm, according to Parish officials. The nursing home operators had a contract with an ambulance company to evacuate the residents but failed to call them to request an evacuation.
According to Foti "WeÂre talking about people in wheelchairs and walkers. They couldnÂt take care of themselves."
The Johnson Law Firm will seek a full measure of justice for the families who have lost their parents and grandparents because the nursing home operators failed to evacuate its helpless patients after being warned repeatedly to do so far in advance of the flood.Â
Family members who lost their loved ones who were in St. Ritas Nursing Home in St. Bernard Parish should immediately contact The Johnson Law Firm for a free claim evaluation at toll free 1-866-374-0338 or at http://nationwidejustice.com/nursing_home/
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