Published by The Law Offices of Scott Sobol
We all want the very best for the eldest loved ones in our lives and we endeavor to give them the highest quality care we can. Sometimes that means putting them in a facility where they can receive round-the-clock assistance or supervision. We look for the best place with the best staff where our loved ones feel confident and comfortable — where they can have loving help with the basic needs of bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, and getting around.
We want them to be as careful as possible, but no one can ever completely prevent an injury or accident from happening — especially with loved ones that have mobility issues. There are several types of injuries that can occur at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. These are a few to be on the lookout for.
Of course, some of these injuries are simply due to the limited mobility and physical control of the patients in nursing homes. However, if you suspect your loved one has been injured at their nursing residence due to neglect or abuse, you have rights under Florida Statutes 400.022 and 400.023. Additionally, in the unfortunate event that nursing home abuse and violation of rights causes death, the resident’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim. In a lawsuit, Florida nursing home statutes state that lawsuit plaintiffs (the patient or their family) must establish the following:
As we always say, prevention is the best course of action. Look for nursing homes that have a proven track record of care (ask them for the average number of injuries that have occurred over the past five years), they must have hallways clear of debris and wet areas marked with signage, and have enough staff to maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychological well-being of each resident (according to state regulations).
If you have any questions about an injury a love one has suffered and want a review of the case, we want to help. Just give me a call either at the office or on my cell at (954) 854-1920.