"All evidence and records in the control of the center are being preserved".
The law firm is representing the estate of Albertina Vega, 99, who died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, according to the court documents.
A criminal investigation is underway by Hollywood police; officials with the facility said staff members are cooperating with it and other inquiries.
"We are devastated by these losses". So as a precaution we're moving everybody over so they'll be more comfortable. NBC 6 is working to identify the woman and check on her condition.
Of the 141 patients who were evacuated, 70 were discharged from the hospital as of Thursday, city officials said.
Broward County Mayor, Barbara Sharief informed that three people had already died inside the nursing home and the rest five died in hospital's emergency room.
The Florida Health Care Association said in a prepared statement that it is in contact with utilities and state, local and federal officials to try to get power restored to every nursing home as soon as possible. Also, information released by the state said 44 nursing homes were evacuated or closed.
After air conditioning was lost on Sunday, the day of the storm, the facility "allowed its residents to swelter in the heat, and reside in unsafe and unsanitary conditions", according to the complaint. Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills said it also got additional spot coolers from a hospital on Tuesday, and on Tuesday night, its staff did rounds on patients "to check that the patients were stable", the timeline said. The home was not entirely without power during and after Irma - but there wasn't enough to run the air conditioning, its managers say.
"It is clear that this facility can not be responsible for Florida's vulnerable patients, and therefore the State will stop them from providing care", Scott said in a news release. "She opened her mom's windows, and she said, 'Mom, it's going to be OK'".
The nursing home has a history of safety violations and citations, including two for not following generator regulations in 2014 and 2016. All residents have since been evacuated.
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"I am outraged over the deaths of eight Floridians at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Broward County and I am demanding answers as we furiously investigate this bad loss of life", Scott said in a statement on Saturday.
"We love the people of Florida", he said, pledging that he would be back to monitor recovery progress. The Center also had seven days of food, water, ice and other supplies, including gas for the generator. But they didn't anticipate they would still have to fight the intense heat with fans and portable air conditioner units.
Gov. Rick Scott's office released a statement Friday, saying the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills had not reported that conditions at its facility had become risky for patients.
Three agencies have launched investigations into how this happened, but many questions remain unanswered. "I had a problem with my back, if I go down I have to sleep in the parking lot because I am not sure that the elevator is going to work to come up", said 80-year-old resident Ariceli Milian. "We cared for them like family".
Moulder's attorney, Bill Dean, said Moulder visited her mother on Monday and anxious about the heat.
More tips are available here. "Not just my Betty but all the people", said Jean Johnson, who was friends with Betty Hibbard, one of the eight victims, for more than 60 years.
"We are like in jail, because we can not go down". It was "terribly hot", she added, but at least the elevator was working.
"I want to thank everybody", Trump said.
Without central air conditioning, residents were kept in hallways near the cooling units. "When we approach her she wasn't really crying but tears were kind of coming, she says 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe Jean, '" Johnson said.
Over the next few hours of Wednesday morning, the dire situation at the Rehabilitation Center for fragile, elderly people would come into clearer view.