One week after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, a nursing home in Hollywood where eight people died continues to be a grim symbol of the storm’s devastating impact.
On Saturday, the first lawsuit was filed in connection with the nursing home tragedy.
The family of Rosa Cabrera, a 94-year-old double amputee who survived the ordeal at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, brought their case to Broward Circuit Court, seeking unspecified damages, the Miami Herald reported.
Family members told the newspaper that Cabrera – one of 141 residents evacuated from the sweltering nursing home Wednesday because a loss of electricity had left it without air conditioning — suffered injury, pain and emotional distress as a result of the ordeal.
More lawsuits were expected, the Herald reported.
Legislation that would have required nursing homes to have generators on site for supplying electricity during emergencies failed in the state Senate in 2006, following Hurricane Wilma a year earlier, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
But Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Saturday that new rules give the state’s nursing facilities 60 days to acquire a back-up generator and fuel to operate it for 96 hours, the Wall Street Journal reported.