People would like to think that their relatives are safe in a Florida nursing home.
However, nothing could be further from the truth. The Adult Protective Services estimates that between 4% and 10% of people aged 65 or older are victims of elder abuse or neglect every year. Nursing homes in South Florida and elsewhere are legally obligated to care for their residents because they are paid to do so. Yet every year, our dedicated nursing home negligence attorneys file and settle new nursing home abuse lawsuits. Even if a nursing home resident is injured unintentionally, you can still bring a lawsuit against the nursing home.
With the Federal Nursing Home Reform Amendments, Congress implemented heightened standards for nursing home care, including:
- Conducting an assessment of the residents’ daily life functions
- Ensuring that residents’ dietary needs are being met
- Implementing daily activities that meet the interests and the physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of residents
- Maintaining clinical records on all residents
If a nursing home does not meet one of these standards, a resident can bring a nursing home negligence lawsuit against the home for failing to properly care for them. If the perpetrator knows what they are doing is wrong, you can bring an elder abuse claim against the nursing home.
What is elder abuse?
Elder abuse includes physical abuse, dehydration, bed sores, sepsis, sexual abuse, theft, and purposely over- or under-medicating residents. Sadly, nursing home abuse is common. To protect our elders, nursing home lawsuits and claims against assisted living facilities are necessary. Whether you, your loved one, or relative has experienced nursing home neglect, elder abuse, or both in a Florida assisted living facility, the nursing home negligence attorneys at Mase Mebane Seitz in Miami, Florida, can help you to hold the facility and staff accountable for their actions.Back to Personal Injury and Wrongful Death