Florida Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Protecting the Vulnerable Elderly Population
Nursing homes are charged with the care of those frailest and most vulnerable among us. Residents are there precisely because they’re suffering from significant medical problems such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Many require round-the-clock monitoring. All deserve the most conscientious treatment possible.
While virtually every nursing home in Florida promises this level of attention, the fact is, not all deliver. Many are understaffed and overcrowded. The financial bottom line — and sometimes the temptation of financial fraud — can jeopardize the health and well-being of patients.
Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A. is here to help. Call our nursing home abuse attorneys in Florida at (305) 670-2000 to begin.
Compassionate Guidance When You Need it the Most
When instances of nursing home abuse or neglect come to light, it’s a nightmare for the victim and their family. To further dramatize that betrayal of trust, the family members who helped select the facility can end up feeling guilty, even though it’s in no way their fault.
Nursing homes and their insurance companies have teams of lawyers to protect their reputation and profits. As a result, dealing with a negligent nursing home on behalf of your elderly relative is not a do-it-yourself project. You need the power and influence of a skilled legal team behind you — attorneys who consistently get results in actions against these institutions.
At Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A., we’re on your side. You can rely on our lawyers to get to the bottom of what happened and who was at fault. We’ll help you fight for justice after such unimaginable tragedy.
During our 40-plus years of practice, our lawyers have built a nationwide reputation for positive outcomes — including multimillion-dollar results — in nursing home abuse and neglect cases.
Is Your Loved One Being Neglected or Mistreated?
Contact the Florida nursing home abuse lawyers at Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A., for a prompt investigation. If we uncover evidence of negligence, abuse, or mistreatment, our attorneys will vigorously prosecute the appropriate lawsuit, hire the best experts and work tirelessly to obtain justice for you and your loved one.
Nursing Home Abuse FAQ
Why are neglect and abuse common in nursing homes?
There are many reasons for elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes and related assisted living facilities. Some of the most common factors include inadequate staffing/understaffing, poor staff-to-patient ratio, overstressed workers, improper staff training, and failure of nursing homes and other facilities to conduct background checks and/or discipline employees. Staffing issues and improper training have become particularly prevalent in nursing homes in the era of COVID-19. However, there is no excuse for nursing homes and other assisted living facilities to provide residents with substandard care. These facilities should ensure that staff receives adequate training, background checks, and supervision at all times. They should also ensure that there is sufficient staff to support the needs of the facility’s residents. Failure to do so constitutes negligence and can lead to devastating instances of abuse.
What should I do if I think that I have grounds for a nursing home abuse lawsuit?
First, if you believe that anyone is in imminent danger due to nursing home abuse or neglect, call 911. You can also report nursing home abuse or neglect to the Florida Department of Children and Families by calling the 24-hour Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873 or TTY 7111 or 1-800-955-8771. To report elder abuse in Spanish or Creole, you can call 1-800-962-2873; for TTY, use 711 or 1-800-955-8771. If you believe that you have grounds for a lawsuit against a nursing home or similar facility, reach out to an attorney right away. At Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A., we can take immediate action to help stop the abuse and hold the liable party accountable. It is important that you act quickly, as you only have two years from the date of alleged abuse (in most cases) to bring your lawsuit.
Can I also sue an assisted living facility?
Although the term “nursing home abuse” seems to only refer to actual nursing homes, the fact is, you can sue just about any professional facility or caregiver responsible for the care and treatment of an elderly individual when that facility or caregiver fails to uphold an acceptable standard of care. What this means is you may have a case against an assisted living facility, long-term residential facility, or individual caregiver if you can prove that they did not provide you or a loved one with the same level of care you could expect from another qualified provider in the same or similar circumstances. For more information, contact our Florida nursing home abuse attorneys at Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A. today for a complimentary consultation.
What damages am I entitled to in a nursing home abuse lawsuit?
The exact damages you may be entitled to receive in a nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuit depend on the specific details of your case. Although many people understandably wish to know the value of their case, it is impossible to accurately determine how much your case might be worth without first reviewing the specific details involved. That being said, many people are able to recover certain types of damages in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. These damages frequently include medical expenses related to physical injuries incurred due to abuse or neglect, physical pain and emotional suffering, distress and trauma, and, in some cases, lost wages or future income. In Florida, you may also be able to pursue punitive damages, which are meant to punish the nursing home or caregiver for egregious negligence or acts of wanton, willful, or intentional misconduct. While damages are typically awarded to the affected elderly individual, they may also be awarded to family members and dependents when the elderly individual dies as a result of the abuse or neglect. In these cases, eligible individuals may file wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of their elderly loved ones. Contact our Florida nursing home abuse attorneys at Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A. for more information, including how we can assist you in filing your claim.