Lawsuits Against Life Care For Abuse Or Neglect
Life Care Centers of America is one of the nation’s largest and most well-known nursing home and assisted living providers. It is the largest privately held senior living operator in the U.S. and the world, with an approximate annual revenue of more than $3 billion. With facilities across 28 states, including in Florida, Life Care offers skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and independent and assisted living services to elderly patients and residents throughout the United States. Although it claims to uphold a high standard of care, the corporation has faced multiple allegations of abuse, neglect and misconduct over the years.
If your elderly loved one has suffered injuries, an illness or a preventable medical condition due to abuse, neglect or substandard treatment at a Life Care facility, our attorneys at Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A., can help. They are currently accepting nursing home and elder abuse and neglect claims involving Life Care Centers of America facilities in Florida. We have been handling elder abuse cases for nearly 50 years and have a long-standing history of success in this area of law. Our lawyers have the resources, experience and in-depth legal knowledge to advocate for you and your family effectively.
Past Litigation Against Life Care Centers Of America
Since its founding in 1970, Life Care Centers of America has been the subject of numerous lawsuits alleging abuse, neglect and misconduct. At the highest level, the corporation has been accused of providing false information regarding various rehabilitation and therapy services at its long-term care centers to Medicare and TRICARE. In 2016, Life Care and its owner agreed to pay a $145 million settlement to the federal government to resolve a high-profile False Claims Act lawsuit.
This is not the first time the corporation has been forced to resolve disputes with Medicare. According to some reports, since 2000, Life Care has been fined for nearly 45 separate Medicare violations, amounting to about $2 million in total.
Life Care has also been accused of misconduct in numerous private civil lawsuits in nearly every state in which it operates, including Florida, Texas, Arizona, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee.
These lawsuits have involved an array of issues, including:
- Bedsores/pressure ulcers
- Broken bones/fractures
- Wrongful death
- Improper intubation
- Failure to monitor surgical incisions
- Improper staff training
- Medication errors
- Resident-inflicted abuse
- Failure to follow physicians’ orders
- Failure to uphold the standard of care
All nursing homes and assisted living facilities have a responsibility to their residents. These facilities are required to provide an acceptable standard of care and, when they fail to do so, they can be held legally responsible.
How To Tell If You Have A Case
It can be difficult to tell when you may have a case against an assisted living facility such as Life Care. We encourage you to reach out to our Florida nursing home abuse attorneys at Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A., to discuss the specifics of your situation. They can review your claim and provide personalized counsel on the best course of action.
You may have a nursing home abuse lawsuit against Life Care or another facility if the following situations are true:
- Your loved one was a patient or resident or otherwise received services or care.
- The level of service or care provided failed to meet the minimum acceptable standard.
- Your loved one was injured, died or was otherwise harmed, leading to measurable damages.
- The facility or caregiver’s abuse, neglect or mistreatment was the cause of your loved one’s injuries, death and/or damages.
At our firm, we understand that these cases are often very complex. However, our lawyers have the experience and resources needed to investigate even the most complicated of claims. They are committed to seeking the truth in all situations, and they fight to protect the vulnerable from the unjust and wrongful conduct of others.
Damages In Nursing Home And Elder Abuse Cases
The purpose of filing a nursing home or elder abuse lawsuit is to seek financial recovery for damages endured due to abuse, neglect or mistreatment. Private civil lawsuits against Life Care Centers of America and other assisted living providers and caregivers are separate from any criminal proceedings that may or may not occur.
Often, victims in these cases include both the elders involved and their families and loved ones. Depending on the circumstances, victims may experience a number of serious physical, emotional and financial losses. Collectively, these losses are referred to as “damages.”
At Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A., our lawyers fight to recover maximum compensation for our clients’ damages, including:
- Economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost income and future care costs
- Noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering, mental distress and trauma
- Wrongful death damages, such as funeral expenses and loss of love, services and support
- Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, meant to punish wrongdoers for egregious negligence, wanton or willful misconduct, or intentional acts of injury
You and your family should not have to suffer the devastating consequences of someone else’s negligence or misconduct on your own. Our Florida elder abuse attorneys can assist you in bringing a lawsuit against Life Care and seeking the full, fair compensation you are owed.
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Proving that a nursing home facility or staff member was negligent can be very difficult. This is especially true when you are up against a major corporation, such as Life Care. These entities are highly invested in protecting their reputations and their profits, so they have powerful defense teams that will generally use any tactic available to dispute or deny your claim.
It is important that you work with a legal team that knows how to fight back.
At Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A., we have a long, proven track record of success in complex nursing home negligence and elder abuse cases. Our lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients and, most importantly, have held negligent entities and wrongdoers accountable for the harm and devastation they cause. Our attorneys investigate all relevant evidence to uncover the truth and use this information to build powerful arguments for our clients in and out of the courtroom.
Our team is prepared to assist you in filing a lawsuit against a Florida Life Care Centers of America facility, whether it in volves a nursing home, an assisted living or independent living facility, a rehabilitation or skilled nursing center, or any other type of facility. We provide free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning that you do not owe any upfront or out-of-pocket attorney fees when you work with our lawyers. Instead, we only get paid if they successfully secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf.