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Florida Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Lawsuits Q&A

Florida Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Lawsuits

Establishing liability in nursing home abuse and negligence cases has changed over the past few years, particularly since the onset of COVID-19, causing additional challenges in seeking justice and fair compensation for victims. The following are commonly asked questions about Florida nursing home abuse and negligence lawsuits: What Is The Most Recent Law Passed With Regard To Florida Nursing Homes? HB1239 is the most recent law passed involving Florida nursing homes.1 It includes a reduced amount of a minimum of 2.0 hours of direct care by a certified nursing assistant per resident per day. The amount of direct care was previously 2.5 hours. Are There...

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The 993: Is Your Loved One a Victim of Florida Nursing Home Negligence?

Florida Nursing Home Negligence

Nine hundred and ninety-three. That’s the number of instances in which residents at Florida nursing homes walked out the door without supervision, proper authorization, or both between 2017 and 2021, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).1 That includes individuals with dementia or other forms of cognitive impairment. Each account is disturbing, and in many cases the situations were life threatening. It’s a harrowing scenario for family members and loved ones. The International Council of Nurses’ definition of nursing includes “promotion of a safe environment.”2 Wandering from a nursing home and being found over 5 miles away on...

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Nursing Home Abuse And Negligence Liability

Nursing Home Abuse And Negligence

Numerous processes related to establishing liability in nursing home abuse and negligence cases have changed since the onset of COVID-19, causing additional challenges in seeking justice and fair compensation for victims. The passing of Senate Bill 72 in the Florida House of Representatives on March 29, 2021 is one example.1 The Bill grants specific types of legal immunity to nursing homes with regard to COVID-19-related litigation. Potential Problems with Blanket Immunity Blanket lawsuit immunity for nursing homes and similar care facilities creates the potential for provable cases of abuse and/or negligence to go unchallenged. Verifiable cases of abuse and/or negligence that...

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Florida Nursing Homes: Important Legal Update

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Potential changes to Florida nursing homes and staffing standards are currently being considered by the Florida House.1 Minimum staffing requirements in Florida nursing homes have been an issue of debate for more than 20 years. It's a serious concern, particularly given that Florida -- and South Florida in particular -- is a popular hub for retirement and nursing home care. Not to mention concerns about Florida's high rate of nursing home abuse and negligence. Current proposed changes include reducing the 2.5-hour minimum of time that certified nursing assistants must spend daily providing each nursing home resident with direct care down to...

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Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence In South Florida: Part II

Abuse & Negligence

As noted in Part I of our coverage of Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence, South Florida – including Miami and surrounding areas – has continued to grow robustly as a popular location for those seeking retirement in an area with spectacular weather, cultural diversity, and a plethora of services. This includes growth in the quantity of assisted living centers and nursing homes. The combination of a large number of care centers and insufficient resources for enforcing regulations to keep our loved ones safe has, unfortunately, created situations that have resulted in an increase in the number of cases of negligence,...

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Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence In South Florida: Part I

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

South Florida’s ever-growing popularity as a prime retirement destination has created a booming hub of assisted living centers and nursing homes set among the sun and sand. And while that may sound like an enticing part of one’s retirement plan, the actuality is that the need to improve nursing home quality of care in Florida is so substantial that the Senate Special Committee on Aging has focused considerable attention on the situation. Unfortunately, even with regulations in place, there are limited nursing and medical resources in South Florida and throughout the state to enforce them. The result has been an...

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When Nursing Home Negligence Results in Wrongful Death

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Learning that a loved one has experienced nursing home negligence in a care facility is one of the most disturbing events in life. When such a situation results in a loved one's death, it is nothing short of devastating, and the pain, hurt, and anger is unimaginable. Feelings including shock and misplaced guilt can make it difficult to function, let alone focus. Yet gathering the proof needed to build an effective case and finding expert legal guidance are essential. Finding answers and seeking justice become priorities for most individuals and families. When a loved one is injured or dies due to...

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The Many Faces of Medical Malpractice Negligence in Florida

medical malpractice negligence

Medical malpractice negligence can involve a variety of different individuals and entities in a myriad of scenarios. Regardless of who was involved in the occurrence and the type of situation, medical malpractice negligence in Florida is defined as being based on provider or entity actions that represent a breach of the prevailing medical standard of care as defined by Florida law.1 Some of the individuals who may be involved include: Doctors Nurses Physician assistants Medical staff Specialists Lab technicians Dentists Dental assistants Dental hygienists Entities that may be involved in negligence include: Hospitals Medical offices Medical care facilities Dental offices Military medical facilities Nursing homes Outpatient facilities and centers Medical laboratories Imaging centers Medical malpractice negligence can occur at any...

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Nursing Home Surveillance Cameras Laws Continue Momentum

Nursing home surveillance cameras

Nursing home surveillance cameras have been allowed in nearly a dozen states. With Florida having more nursing homes than most other states, and South Florida in particular being a hotspot for retirement, assisted living and nursing care are highly sought after in the state. This in turn has resulted in increased nursing home abuse and negligence cases, leaving loved ones and their families searching for answers and accountability in instances of negligence, abuse, rape, and even wrongful death in nursing care facilities. One such potential solution is the installation of nursing home surveillance cameras in the rooms of nursing home residents....

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COVID-19 Variants: More On Nursing Home COVID-19 Medical Malpractice Liability

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On April 21, 2021, the CDC reported an outbreak of COVID-19 associated with a SARS-CoV-2 variant in a skilled nursing facility due to an unvaccinated healthcare worker after a vaccination program was completed.1,2 Eighteen fully vaccinated residents became ill with a COVID-19 variant according to the report. Three residents died, two of which were unvaccinated. This further demonstrates the need for diligence and responsibility on behalf of healthcare workers and nursing homes. Click Here To Read The Article If you or a loved one is currently experiencing, or has experienced, Nursing Home Abuse or Negligence, or a loved one has died due...

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