The Florida Institute for Neurological Rehabilitation has been the focus of controversy in recent weeks, after an investigation by Bloomberg uncovered a recurring theme of allegations of mistreatment, abuse, and fraud. As videos of FINR staff assaulting patients have surfaced in the past year, the traumatic brain injury treatment facility is on the receiving end of multiple lawsuits, including a suit filed by Allstate Corporation over claims that patients covered by the company’s insurance policies were forced to wash cars as part of their so-called therapy.
FINR officials are also disputing claims by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration that the facility had been housing at least 50 patients that did not have traumatic brain injuries. Insight into FINR’s questionable business practices and treatment of patients was first brought to light in 2005 when Tampa-based law firm of Swope, Rodante P.A. tried a case against FINR over the wrongful death of a patient. A Wauchula jury found that FINR staff were negligent in causing the death of a brain-injured patient.
In the face of these various accusations and lawsuits, FINR’s policies are being highly scrutinized.
Attorney Lisha Bowen successfully tried the 2005 Swope, Rodante, P.A. case against FINR. Her involvement with and considerable knowledge of brain injury and wrongful death cases has made her a leader in the investigation of tragic acts that have been committed as a result of corporate negligence.