Hospital emergency preparedness suits

by Walter Olson on January 4, 2010

Hurricane Katrina legal aftermath, cont’d: “About 200 lawsuits have been filed in Louisiana alleging that these institutions [hospitals and nursing homes] are liable for the deaths and for the suffering of other patients who survived because corporate failure to plan adequately for flooding and implement evacuation constituted negligence or medical malpractice.” [New York Times] (& welcome Above the Law, On the Record readers)

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1 Michael Kirsch, M.D. 01.04.10 at 7:52 pm

I wonder if God could be sued for creating the hurricane?

2 Jim Collins 01.05.10 at 2:57 pm

Who do you sue for spending the money designated for fixing the levees on other things?

3 Bumper 01.05.10 at 4:15 pm

“Who do you sue for spending the money designated for fixing the levees on other things?”

Congress, they appropriate the money for the projects ranked by the Corps of Engineers.

However, the crux of this suit may end being why, if they knew the the generator wasn’t high enough, didn’t they evacuate the hospital.

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