Judge rules in favor of Fla. brain injury hospital

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WAUCHULA, Fla. (AP) - An administrative law judge has ruled that a southwest Florida hospital that treats brain injuries can continue to treat 50 patients with head injuries.

The Department of Health had said the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation Inc. was out of compliance because it was treating patients who were head-injured but had not suffered a traumatic spinal cord or brain injury.

A judge ruled Friday that the hospital's transitional living facility license authorizes them to treat both cases.

The hospital filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, not long after a state investigation into reports of patient abuse and neglect at the facility.

Past abuse allegations claim staffers abused two autistic patients and another where a patient swallowed fish hooks and batteries in an attempt to escape.

The facility remains open.

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