Nursing home abuse is a growing problem. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, nursing home neglect will, likely and unfortunately, only get worse. Children, grandchildren, husbands, wives, and other loved ones entrust those they care about to assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and other adult care communities. They expect that their cherished family member or friend will receive the best care available. Finding a good facility that treats loved ones with respect can be difficult.
Sadly, sometimes these facilities place profit above care. The results can be serious injuries or even death.
Florida statutes regulate these types of care facilities depending on what type of services they offer. Nursing homes are brought under a different statute than claims against assisted living facilities.
Statutes and regulations set forth minimum staffing requirements. They also give residents rights to be free from abuse and neglect and to be treated with dignity. Should a nursing home or assisted living facility fall short of these expectations, individuals or family members can file claims.
Claims against these types of facilities usually have strict requirements before bringing a lawsuit. Failure to comply with the statutory pre-suit notices can prevent a claimant from being able to recover anything. Additionally, there are strict timelines and statutes of limitations during which a claim must be brought. If the claim is not presented during this limited time, then there cannot be any recovery.
Fighting a nursing home can be challenging. Florida Statutes do not make it easy to bring nursing home claims. Lawyers who understand Florida nursing home laws can help.
If you believe your loved one or cherished friend is not receiving the care he or she deserves, find out what can be done. Talk to a trusted nursing home lawyer. Our most vulnerable adults, the aged and the infirm, are entitled to live their lives with dignity and respect. We owe it to them not to let them down. We hope that our friends and loved ones will look out for us if we find ourselves in the same situation.
Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.