Nursing Home Abuse
No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.
– Theodore Roosevelt
When your family member or loved one is placed in a nursing home facility, you assume they will be medically cared for and treated with kindness. Unfortunately, many elderly people are neglected and/or abused by their nursing home caretakers. If your parent or elderly relative has reported abuse or you observe signs, such as unusual bruising, bed sores, poor hygiene, unresponsiveness, or strange behaviors, to name a few examples, you should file a complaint with the nursing home’s management. In the event you file a complaint and it results in an unsatisfactory explanation from the nursing home administrators, or your family member or loved one’s condition remains unchanged or even worsens, you need to contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney.
At Lancaster & Eure, we understand how vulnerable our elderly loved ones are and how emotionally overwhelming a nursing home abuse case can be for family members. Therefore, we take each case personally, giving you the time and attention you need to get justice for your elderly loved one and your family. Our experienced nursing home abuse attorney will help you understand all of your legal rights, file your nursing home abuse claim, and advocate aggressively for justice for your family.
When considering filing a nursing home abuse claim in Florida, it is important to know nursing home residents have the right to nutritious meals, daily exercise, social activities, compassion, emergency health care (when necessary), access to medication, mental counseling if needed, and sanitary living conditions. Additionally, the Florida Department of Health (FDH) requires each nursing home facility to provide your parent or aged relative with an experienced staff and qualified professional health care providers.
Florida law also requires nursing home negligence and abuse to be reported within two years of the incident or within two years from the time the incident was discovered. Nursing home facilities found to be at fault for nursing home abuse or neglect can potentially face extensive civil charges and permanent closing of the facilities.