Hospital spends $2 million to treat injured illegal now being sued by family I don't understand do you ?

STUART — 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 Jimenez’s cousin by marriage.

Court records show the hospital cared for Jimenez for more than two years, at a cost of about 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 court’s jurisdiction.

Martin Memorial attorney Scott Michaud, of Boca Raton didn’t 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.

Specifically, Michaud asked the court to rule that attorneys for Jimenez must not make a “golden rule” argument, by encouraging jurors “to place themselves in the position or situation of the plaintiffs.”

The hospital’s motion also seeks to stop attorneys from making statements reflecting a “personal belief in the justness of the cause, the credibility of witnesses” or personal knowledge of the case. And from preventing attorneys from “encouraging the jury to send a message by its verdict, to act as the conscience of the community, or to use its verdict to punish any defendant.”

Midelis is expected to rule on the matters before a jury is seated.


Attorneys for plaintiff Luis Jimenez filed a witness list Wednesday for the June 23 trial, including those involved in the 2003 court proceeding and top current and former Martin Memorial Medical Center executives. Some listed are:

• Richmond “Dick” Harman, former CEO of Martin Memorial Medical Center

• Robert Lord Jr., in-house attorney for Martin Memorial

• Miguel Coty, vice president for public relations at Martin Memorial

• George Bovie, Stuart attorney who represented hospital in guardianship case

• Ann Decker, assistant to former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley

• Dr. Julio Molina Aviles, Vice Minister of Guatemala Public Health and Public Assistance

• Two Guatemalan consulate members in Miami and physicians in Guatemala City who may have treated Jimenez in 2003

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4 Responses to “Hospital spends $2 million to treat injured illegal now being sued by family I don't understand do you ?”

  1. American Man Says:

    What a joke! Maybe they should have just pulled the plug on the illegal and written a 2 million dollar check to the family and left it at that! Its all about the lawyers these days.

  2. Hmmsies. Says:


  3. GreasyTony Says:

    I DO! it was a severe BRAIN INJURY!, so what do you expect him to do, walk out and find some herbs to fix the problem?

    This is a very good reason why it’s bad to deny them Healthcare. If they were able to get healthcare as they work, they’d be paying into the healthcare system, and be treated before small things became serious. We save a $100 dollars today by denying Healthcare, but then pay a lot more later.

    And RELAX! this is just ONE person.
    Illegal Immigrants Create Far Lower Health Care Cost Burden than Previously Assumed

    (NaturalNews) Latinos residing in the United States illegally are 50 percent less likely to use emergency room facilities than Latinos with legal migration or citizenship status, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

    A common argument among those pushing for a tougher line against illegal residents is that such people provide a drain upon public health care resources. But according to Felix Nuñez, former director of the South Central Family Health Care Center, illegal residents tend to shy away from primary care visits because they are daunted by having to provide Social Security numbers, identification and employment histories.

  4. Muerto Mujados Says:

    I also understand. The racist GUTTERmala pig virus carrying illegal alien border criminals are here to rape rob an pillage. Either we Americans will fight back and have a mass DEPORTATION NOW or we will become a third world shiit hole just like GUTTERmala is.