Pursuing Justice After Florida Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
When you entrust the care of a loved one to a nursing home, you are trusting that they will be cared for and protected. Unfortunately, sometimes abuse and neglect can occur against patients and residents of nursing homes across Florida, from simple instances of neglect to on-going abuse. In these situations, civil lawsuits can be filed to recover compensation for the suffering endured and costs resulting from Florida nursing home abuse.
Whether the abuse involved intentional physical harm, emotional damage, or neglect of needed care, serious and lasting damage can be inflicted on victims of nursing home abuse. The costs of medical care, therapy, other recovery needs, and alternate living arrangements can be a significant financial burden, so it is important for victims and their families to receive just compensation in the event of mistreatment. A medical malpractice attorney can help you understand exactly what classification the acts against your loved one call under and how to seek out a civil lawsuit to recover your financial losses and compensate your loved one for their suffering.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
When a nursing home abuse case occurs in Florida, who can sue?
Only a patient’s family, such as a spouse or child, can sue a nursing home for negligence.
Does a nursing home resident have the right to sue for physical, emotional, or psychological damages?
Physical injuries and emotional and psychological trauma can occur as a result of nursing home abuse and neglect. Florida law allows victims of abuse to sue for all three types of damages.
If my loved one passes away, can I still sue a nursing home on their behalf?
Florida Law states that a nursing home’s neglect doesn’t go away just because your loved one has died. A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by the child or spouse of the person who has passed. The damages recovered will vary depending on the relationship of the survivor to the victim.
If a nursing home resident is injured by another resident, is the nursing home liable?
Nursing facilities are legally responsible for safeguarding their residents, but they are sometimes undertrained, or the facility may be understaffed, which can leave residents vulnerable. When one patient injures another, the nursing home can be held liable for negligent supervision.