On September 22, the Florida Supreme Court issued an important decision for anyone who lives in a nursing home. The Court ruled that an arbitration agreement signed by a family member, but not the resident, was not binding on the latter. This is welcome news for victims of nursing home abuse and medical malpractice… Read More »
Nursing home abuse is sadly an all-too-common problem in Florida. Many elderly nursing home residents are victims of abuse, neglect, and poor living conditions. To protect themselves, many nursing homes try to avoid abuse-related lawsuits by pressuring residents to agree to binding arbitration. In many cases, a nursing home resident may sign away valuable… Read More »
A Polk County man was recently awarded $1.2 billion in damages for the wrongful death of his 69-year-old mother, a woman he loved like “treasure.” Arlene Townsend apparently fell 17 times during her three-year stay at a nursing home and ultimately died due to the facility’s lack of care. A large nursing home corporation… Read More »
Recent years have seen dramatic reforms to nursing home standards of care in Florida. Due to the nature of nursing home care — specifically the vulnerable population, high demand on staff and heavy dependence on government funding — Florida’s nursing homes are under constant scrutiny from regulatory bodies to improve conditions for residents. In… Read More »
Nursing home abuse takes many forms, and can include physical, emotional and financial manifestations. One area where abuse may be hard to detect is in the use of both physical and chemical restraints on nursing home residents. The Boston Globe recently found that in one nursing home it examined in Beverly, Massachusetts, nineteen percent… Read More »
The elderly and the infirm are some of the most vulnerable people in our society because they cannot easily defend themselves. When the elderly are placed in a nursing home, there is a risk that they will be abused. The abuse can take many forms — physical, emotional and financial. Recognizing the signs of… Read More »
In late September 2012, Teresa Kermani went missing from her St. Petersburg nursing home. According to police she just walked out of the facility. While nothing has been mentioned yet about this being a case of nursing home neglect, some of the signs appear to be present. Nursing home neglect happens when the workers… Read More »
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