Nursing Home Abuse in Florida — Tragically, abuse in nursing homes and assisted living centers does occur in Florida, adding to the emotional and financial burden already felt by the individuals and families who have entrusted care of their elderly loved ones to licensed facilities where twenty-four hour care is available. Laws in Florida governing nursing homes are there to protect the health, safety and well-being of residents and patients. Just because someone has moved or been placed in an assisted living facility or nursing home does not mean they have relinquished their rights.
Florida requires nursing homes to provide nutritious meals, activities, daily physical exercise, ready access to medication and emergency care, counseling (if necessary) and tranquil living free of abuse of any kind. Also, the facility must be made safe for the occupants keeping in mind their possible lack of mobility and agility.
At Kerrigan Estess Rankin McLeod & Thompson, we have seen cases where a resident was neglected and/or abused and received physical injury and, in some cases, a wrongful death was the end result. In these types of cases, a family member or the actual resident can bring an action against the nursing home or assisted living center. Nursing home abuse cases do not fall into the medical malpractice category, but are considered the same as a personal injury or wrongful death case where simple negligence must be proved.
If you or a family member has suffered abuse at an assisted living center or a nursing home, you should be aware that there are time constraints placed on your reporting the incident and bringing legal action. It is in your best interest to consult an experienced Florida lawyer who has handled these types of cases before.
Call the law firm of Kerrigan Estess Rankin McLeod & Thompson today. We have the experience to help you. There is no fee for talking to us about your case. Call any time: 850-444-4444 or you may fill out the contact form available here.