Only four nursing home negligence lawsuits remain against the owners of the nursing home where 35 people died following Hurricane Katrina. Settlements have been reached in the remaining 34 wrongful death suits and 12 personal injury cases. The nursing home owners were acquitted of negligent homicide and cruelty charges for not evacuating the facility as the storm approached. The nursing home owners had previously faced 35 counts of negligent homicide and 24 counts of cruelty to the elderly after the patients drowned. Some of the patients were still in their beds when they drowned. It is important for nursing homes to have an emergency plan for evacuating residents. To read more about the wrongful death lawsuits, please click the link.