Nursing Home Administrators and Their Legal Problems

The now famous Louisiana Administrators/Owners of a flood-stricken facility are in the news this week as their legal battle continues.

Mabel and Salvador Mangano, the husband and wife who own St. Rita's Nursing Home in St. Bernard Parish, LA face 35 counts of negligent homicide and 64 counts of cruelty to the infirm. Their lawyer has requested that their trial be moved outside of their locality due to the excess of press coverage. It is yet to be determined if the trial will be a bench trial or a six-member jury of their peers.

The Manganos claim that there had never been a flood in their facility prior to Hurricane Katrina. Their defense is that their hurricane plan to keep residents in place with food, water, and generators was sufficient, and only failed because the levees broke. The Manganos have counter sued the Government for failure to evacuate vulnerable residents in a timely manner.

Other health care related arrests in the Katrina aftermath include a doctor and two nurses who were arrested, accused of giving four hospital patients lethal doses of morphine and versed. The physician involved in the case, Dr. Anna Pou, is the topic of The American Medical Association is amongst her supporters. I encourage you to visit the site and collect as much factual information as possible before reading the enormous amount of bad press this case has received.

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