Skip to comments.Trial involving Martin Memorial Medical Center over 2003 deportation set to begin in June[Illegal]
Posted on 05/08/2009 7:28:53 AM PDT by BGHater
A civil trial pitting the Indiantown guardian of a brain-damaged Guatemalan native against Martin Memorial Medical Center over his 2003 deportation will begin June 23, an attorney in the case confirmed.
The trial, claiming false imprisonment against the hospital after officials there used a chartered jet to return former patient Luis Jimenez to Guatemala City, is expected to last through July 22.
Attorneys are expected to meet in court June 22 to resolve outstanding motions before jury selection begins the next day, said West Palm Beach attorney Jack Scarola, who represents Jimenez and his court-appointed guardian Motejo Gaspar Montejo, who is Jimenezs cousin by marriage.
Court records show the hospital cared for Jimenez for more than two years, at a cost of about $2 million. He suffered a severe brain injury in 2000 when the van he was traveling in was struck head-on by a drunken driver.
At trial, to be conducted by Senior Circuit Judge James Midelis, a jury will determine whether Jimenez, who lives in Soloma Huehuetenango, Guatemala, was kidnapped and falsely imprisoned when Martin Memorial paid to have him returned to his native country.
The hospital on July 10, 2003 flew Jimenez out of the country after being granted a court order allowing his return to Guatemala, which an appeals court later determined exceeded the trial courts jurisdiction.
Martin Memorial attorney Scott Michaud, of Boca Raton didnt return a call Wednesday seeking comment.
He recently filed a motion seeking to limit what evidence could be presented by the plaintiffs at trial, and to prohibit certain arguments from being made in front of jurors.
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If the court allowed it, how can the hospital be held responsible?
It is unfortunate what happened to this man, but hospital administrators should be given an award and a key to the city for looking out for AMERICAN CITIZENS’ interests, well being and continued access to medical care. We cannot afford to take care of the entire world.