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$25 million settlement moves ahead in Tenet case

Hospital Safety Insider, July 28, 2011

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On July 21, a New Orleans judge granted preliminary approval for a $25 million settlement to end a class-action lawsuit against Tenet Healthcare Corporation for its actions during Hurricane Katrina, the New York Times reports.

The lawsuit asserted that the Memorial Medical Center and its owner, Tenet Healthcare, failed to prepare and respond to the disaster. Hospital maintenance staff warned before the storm that the facility’s electrical system was vulnerable to flooding, reports the Times.

The settlement would go to patients and visitors who were injured at the hospital as well as family members of the victims who died at the hospital during the storm and its aftermath. The settlement terminates Tenet’s liability. Tenet continues to deny allegations of responsibility, asserting that the federal government failed to provide adequate help and that the hurricane and failed levees created a deadly environment.

Source: New York Times



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