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Most staff at nursing homes in South Florida and across the country are hardworking, well trained and dedicated professionals who do whatever they can to make sure your loved ones get the best possible treatment and care. However, there are some cases where the negligence of the staff results in serious injuries or even death of a resident.

nursing home abuseIn many of the cases involving nursing home negligence or abuse, we see instances where staff are not properly trained or supervised, or should never have been given the responsibility to watch over patients in the first place. Continue reading →

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According to recent news article from The National Law Review, one family has filed a lawsuit in which they claim the nursing home wherein their loved one was living failed to make any attempts to resuscitate her when they found her in a non-responsive condition.

Nursing Home Abuse The civil complaint alleges the victim was first admitted to defendant’s nursing home after a bad case of pneumonia, along with renal failure and complications with her diabetes management.  The family hoped the nursing home would be better able to monitor and control her diabetes, and then when she was further along in her recovery, they would take her home. That was a realistic goal given that she was only 52-years-old, but unfortunately, she died in the nursing home facility. Continue reading →

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According to a recent news article from NJ.com, the aids employed at nursing homes were placed under arrest for allegedly abusing patients. The charges are based on complaints at the various nursing homes at which they were employed. Authorities filed and announced these charges on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, as these arrests were part of an ongoing effort to fight this alarming trend.

Nursing home abuse Authorities said that they are using these arrests, and the time of them, to put everyone on notice that they are prepared to do whatever they can to fight elder abuse in their state.  With respect to the actual charges, one defendant is accused of striking an 87-year-old woman who has dementia in the head and arm as staff and other patients looked on.  She was charged with criminal assault of an elderly or institutionalized person. Continue reading →

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When a loved one is injured in an accident and can no longer take care of himself or herself, or that person gets to an age where they need more medical care than the family can provide at home, a nursing home is probably the only option.  While this is often a tough decision, we hope that our loved one will be well cared for, as that is the point of going to a nursing home in the first place.

Nursing Home Negligence LawyerUnfortunately, that is not always the case, and some nursing home residents are the victims of negligent care, and in some cases, intentional abuse by staff, management, or other residents.  When this happens to someone you care for, you find out what rights the victim has and what legal recourse may be available. Continue reading →

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Many people come to Florida later in life to retire.  However, many of these retirees will eventually need to transition into a nursing home or other 24-hour care center, and we have many of these of these facilities here.

nursing home lawyerThe problem is some of the facility owners see things a bit differently than us when it comes to their patients. Families see a facility that is designed to allow their loved one to live in peace and with a sense of well-deserved dignity, while also providing them access to much needed around-the-clock professional medical care.  Continue reading →

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A nursing home operating in the state of Florida owes a duty of care to all residents at the facility.  In a typical negligence case, that duty of care is a duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person to prevent foreseeable injury to foreseeable persons and property.  However, there are various other claims that can be filed in a negligence action.

nursing home lawsuit Two of the common claims filed in nursing home negligence actions are failure to properly train staff and negligent hire or retention.  This is an allegation that the management of a nursing home is not acting in a reasonable and prudent manner with respect to staffing practices, and that results in a foreseeable accident to residents. Continue reading →

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When we send our loved ones to a nursing home facility, we hope they will be safe and well-cared for.  In some cases, that unfortunately doesn’t always happen, and patients suffer severe personal injury or even death as a result of nursing home negligence.

nursing home abuseIn some cases, however, we have nursing home staff that is trying to do the right thing, but this is not always the case.  Sometimes we have staff that is taking advantage of, abusing, or otherwise harassing nursing home residents. Continue reading →

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According to a recent article from Modern Healthcare, the U.S. Supreme Court has just ruled that nursing home party to a case could enforce its arbitration agreement on two families who had loved ones living in the nursing home facility.

Nursing Home Injury Lawyer This was a 7-1 decision. While there are now nine justices on the Supreme Court, Justice Gorsuch was not on the court when the case was initially heard and did not participate in the opinion.  The only justice who did not agree with the ruling was Justice Thomas.  Based upon previous decisions on the federal act in question, many legal scholars expected this to be the court’s holding in this matter. Continue reading →

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One of the major issues at many nursing homes around the country is when patients get what are known as catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs).  These CAUTIs have fallen 54 percent, according to a recent study discussed in an article from Infection Control Today.

Nursing Home Negligence LawyerCAUTIs are a type of infection that occurs in the healthcare setting, and for that reason they fall under a category known as healthcare associated infections (HAIs).  The study is looking at how front line tools and education among healthcare professionals is about to take measures to make it less likely for patients in nursing homes to get these infections. Continue reading →

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Although our population as a whole is growing older, an increasing number of nursing homes are taking on younger patients. This can lead to conflict and potentially danger for those most vulnerable. hands of time

Recently on NPR Morning Edition, KRCC in Colorado explored this phenomenon, attributing the situation largely to the fact that there are very few long-term care facilities for younger people in need of constant care. These would include individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injuries who need around-the-clock care and assistance.

One case detailed by the station involves a man in his 40s. In 2015, he suffered a traumatic brain injury when he reportedly “head-butted a car” and “scrambled the old brain bucket” (those are his own words). Today, he struggles with speech. Daily tasks are a challenge. He spent several months in a nursing home, where the majority of residents were over the age of 65. However, he was one of a growing number of under-65 residents at the facility. This is not an isolated phenomenon, and we see it in Florida too.  Continue reading →

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