The Florida nursing home that has been shuttered and surrounded in controversy has made the news yet again. The nursing home, where a total of 14 people lost their lives after Hurricane Irma, has now billed one of those deceased patients.
Relatives of one of the victims told reporters that their deceased family member has an automatic bank withdrawal deducted from her account for her nursing home bill. That automatic withdrawal caused an overdraft fee to be taken on the account. The woman, who was 99 years old at the time of her death, was charged nearly $1,000 on what would have been her birthday.
A relative of the woman said that she noticed the charge when she went to close the bank account of her deceased relative. The woman told reporters she was enraged to discover the charge. The Agency for Health Care Administration wouldn’t give comment on the incident but did say that Medicaid was no longer working with the facility as of September.
A spokeswoman for the nursing home said that the facility had no control over this particular automated billing system. The error is blamed, in part, on the facility’s closure and an inability to get into the computers to stop these types of payments.
Family members of this victim wonder if others have been charged in the same way.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice in West Palm Beach, reach out to our experienced medical malpractice attorneys for assistance. We will review your case at no cost to you and advise you of your legal options.