Hurricane Irma Changed The Law
Hurricane Irma hit Florida in September of 2017. In its wake, many homes were destroyed and many lives were lost. One of the biggest tragedies of Irma occurred at the Rehab at Hollywood Hills. Even though the facility had ample time to prepare for the storm, the Rehab at Hollywood Hills was woefully prepared. For 62 hours, the residents at the facility were forced to live in extreme heat over 99 degrees even though federal regulations only allow 81 degrees. This led to 12 preventable deaths by heat stroke.
In reaction, the Florida Governor changed the rules on nursing homes. These new rules require assisted living facilities and nursing homes be prepared with supplies and power to maintain operations for at least 96 hours after power failure. The laws require facilities to be prepared with a number of items, including generators and fuel that allow power to continue for 96 hours.
Is it True that Jacksonville Nursing Homes are Not Ready for Hurricanes?
Shockingly, many Jacksonville nursing homes are not ready for hurricanes. CBS Action News Jax recently published a stunning report highlighting how unprepared some Jacksonville nursing homes are. In fact, according to the report, 3 dozen Jacksonville nursing homes have missed their deadlines to ask for an extension on hurricane plans. These facilities include assisted living facilities and nursing homes and range from small independent homes to big chains like Brookdale.
What Should I Do If My Loved One Gets Hurt in a Jacksonville Facility?
If you believe a loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a Jacksonville nursing home, you need to choose an experienced Jacksonville law firm. At Senior Justice Law Firm, we have decades of fighting abuse and neglect at assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
If you have a question, do not hesitate to call us for a free consultation.
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