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After the family of a disabled man filed a wrongful deαth lawsuit against the state institution that was caring for him at the time of his passing, they received an $11 million dollar medical bill in the mail.
Rasheen Rose, 33, died two years ago at a state institution in Queens, New York and his family have since filed a lawsuit accusing the staff of being responsible for his deαth.
Rose’s sister, Shaniece Luke, says she was floored when she received the $11.67 million dollar bill in the mail.
“I thought it was ridiculous. I couldn’t believe it!” Luke told the New York Daily News.
She believes the bill is retaliation for filing a lawsuit against the facility that cared for her brother.
“It has to be,” Luke said. “But they were the ones who kιlled my brother.”
The Associated Press reports that a spokesperson for the agency that runs the center, the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, says the facility was only following government guidelines.
“Not doing so would be a viοlation and could put federal Medicaid funding at risk,” spokeswoman Jennifer O’Sullivan said.
Attorney Ilann Maazel has filed lawsuits on behalf of others who are suing the facility and says bills are often mailed out as retribution.
“This is something new we’re seeing … and it’s problematic,” he said.
Rose, 33, was born with severe autism and died on August 6, 2012. After he passed away investigators ruled his deαth a hοmicide.
Luke’s attorneys say he “was basically crushed to deαth” while being restrained in a dangerous position.