BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Attorneys for nursing homeowner Bob Dean say their client has been diagnosed with dementia. They argue his medical condition should be reason enough for him to skip testifying in his legal battles.
“I think it’s pretty ironic to us that he is now conveniently having this medical condition,” said Ryan Beaulieu, an Attorney at Haley & Associates.
When Ida hit, hundreds of Bob Dean’s nursing home residents were shuffled inside a Tangipahoa warehouse. Many were hospitalized and at least five people lost their lives. Attorney Ryan Beaulieu’s team is representing some of those who suffered.
Click here to read the order from Judge Janis Van Meerveld in sealing Bob Dean’s medical records.
“We are currently representing seven of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Mr. Dean,” Beaulieu said.
In January, Dean’s representation filed a motion asking a federal judge to dismiss Dean from traveling to Louisiana from Georgia, sighting medical reasons.
“I think it’s ironic that Mr. Dean is now asking for patients and consideration and decency from the courts when he lacked that very same thing to the people who suffered as a result of being stuck into a warehouse from hurricane Ida,” Beaulieu said.
The judge has granted the motion and sealed other documents that contain more details to this case.
In the order sealing the medical records, Judge Janis Van Meerveld wrote “Bob Dean’s sensitive and confidential health and medical treatment information far outweighs the public’s right to access to the same.”
Beaulieu’s team is fighting for their clients on a local level, he says Dean’s medical conditions have not become an issue yet.
“What we are trying to do with Mr. Dean is dispose him on not his medical history but on the issue that is at hand for the people who suffered as a result of being stuck in this, to this warehouse,” Beaulieu said.
A court date has yet to be set but Beaulieu’s team is ready to get justice for their clients.
“These families deserve justice, these families deserve answers, they deserve to know why, why they were stuck into a warehouse and left to suffer,” Beaulieu said.
We have reached out to Dean’s representation but have not received a response.