Frequently Asked Questions About Elder Abuse Cases

Elder Abuse Questions

How long do I have to bring a lawsuit against a nursing home or assisted living facility?

According to the relevant statute of limitations, you typically have two years from the date of the incident to bring a claim against a nursing home or assisted living facility. However, every situation is unique. If you wait too long, you may miss out on your opportunity to pursue compensation. Contact our legal team to discuss what time frame applies in your case.

Can I bring a lawsuit on behalf of my family member against a nursing home or assisted living facility even if they have died?

Yes. If you are a spouse, child, parent, sibling or family member, you have standing to bring a claim on behalf of your abused loved one for the harm they suffered in a nursing home or assisted living facility. We can help you pursue a wrongful death claim.

How long does it take to prosecute a case against a nursing home or assisted living facility?

In general, it takes approximately four years to prosecute a personal injury case, through trial, across the state. However, at Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A., we are typically able to conclude cases within 12 to 18 months. We know how difficult it can be to deal with a lawsuit that drags on forever. Our lawyers will do everything in our power to resolve your case as quickly and favorably as possible.

General Attorney Questions

Do I have to obtain my family member's medical records in order to retain Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A.?

No. Our office will obtain complete copies of all relevant medical records, bills and insurance information.

What part of Florida do you practice in?

Based in Miami, we handle elder abuse and neglect cases in every county across Florida. We also handle complex cases involving multiple states and federal jurisdictions.

Do I have to travel to your office to retain your services?

No. Although you are always welcome to make an appointment and speak with us in person, you do not have to come into the office for the initial consultation. If you decide to move forward with our services, we can have the contingency fee contract (which is approved by the Florida Supreme Court) delivered to you via email, fax, overnight mail or regular mail. You can return the signed contract in the same manner.

Please note that once the case is filed, your in-person attendance at depositions or mediation may be necessary. Those will be scheduled in the county in which the case is being brought.

Will I have to pay money out of my own pocket to bring the claim?

No. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. That means that we pay all of your costs upfront and are repaid at the end of the lawsuit only if we make a recovery on your behalf.