We place our loved ones in the hands of professionally trained caretakers in hopes they will receive the respectful treatment and hospitable care they deserve in their older age. With almost 700 nursing homes in the state of Florida, some facilities are run by corporations that may be understaffed.
The sunshine state holds a reputation for housing elderly retirees searching for rest and warmth. Unfortunately, the high-population of some nursing homes sometimes results in patient neglect or wrongful death.
Legal Rights for Nursing Home Residents
All residents in a nursing home have basic legal rights. It’s wise before choosing a nursing home center to know your rights to avoid becoming a victim of neglect or other violation. Basic nursing home rights for residents consist of:
- The right to examine facility inspections by federal and state agencies
- The right to services that preserve one's health
- The right to civil and religious liberties
- The right to be treated with fairness and respect
- The right to present issues and grievances without the fear of repercussion
- The right to make and receive unmonitored and private phone calls
- The right to refuse suggested treatment while learning the consequences
- The right to choose physician or pharmacy
- The right to remain free from mental and physical abuse, corporal punishment, and extended involuntary seclusion
- Oral and written knowledge for available services at the facility and related charges for said services
What Constitutes Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
There are numerous factors that one may suffer from while under the care of a nursing center. If you or a loved one have experienced any of the following during your stay at a nursing home facility in Florida, our Delray Beach personal injury attorneys may be able to bring your case to court.
Nursing home abuse cases can involve:
- Bone Fractures & Breaks
- Sexual Abuse
- Wrongful Death
- Nursing Home Neglect
- Patient Suicide
- Emotional Abuse
- Unsanitary Conditions
- Sepsis & Infections
- Assault & Battery
If you have suffered or currently suffering under the conditions of medical malpractice, it’s of the utmost importance to document everything. Gather all medical records and take photos and videos of your environment or injury to benefit your case in the court of law. Also, keep in mind that the statute of limitations in Florida for filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit is two years.
Contact Your Delray Beach Nursing Home Abuse Attorney For Help
Our nursing home abuse attorneys in Delray Beach defend the vulnerable and elderly. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse, don’t hesitate to contact the Porcaro Law office for a free consultation. We will discuss with you the available options and next steps for bringing your case forth. Count on our professionals to recover the compensation you deserve for your physical or emotional suffering.
We help victims in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and the South Florida area. For more information or to schedule your free consultation, please contact us today or give us a call at (561) 450-9355.
Have you suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect?
Connect with our Delray Beach legal team for a free consultation to see if you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation.