How Does Florida Law Address Nursing Home Negligence?

How Does Florida Law Address Nursing Home Negligence?

Nursing home negligence is a serious crime in Florida. Both the Florida Department of Health and the Department of Elder Affairs take cases of elder abuse or dereliction very seriously. If you suspect that your loved one has been neglected or abused at their nursing home, you need a skilled attorney to defend their rights. In South Florida, you can put your trust in DiBiaggio Law. Deirdre DiBiaggio has decades of experience handling personal injury cases and will do everything in her power to ensure justice is served.


What Rights Do Nursing Home Negligence Residents Have?

Florida Statute 400.022 guarantees nursing home residents certain rights. Nursing home residents must receive fair and dignified treatment. They also should have access to a community of peers and must be able to send private correspondence, make personal calls, and be fully briefed and involved in their treatment and care. Florida law does not tolerate any neglect, injury, abuse, or violation of these rights.

If you suspect that your loved one is being denied these fundamental rights, call (561) 903-2478 to take the first steps in filing a personal injury case.

Signs of Abuse or Neglect

Learning the signs of abuse and neglect enables you to know when to get the law involved—and when to start looking for a good personal injury law firm. South Florida is home to some of the best nursing homes in the country, but not every facility delivers the same standard of care. There are a few ways you can spot those that aren’t doing right by their residents.

  • Untreated rashes or infections
  • Visible infections or open lacerations
  • Lethargy, depression, or signs of malnutrition
  • Anxiety or fear around specific nursing home staff
  • Unexplained injuries or medical bills


What Are Bedsores?

Bedsores are one of the most common signs of nursing home abuse or neglect. When there’s too much pressure on a specific area of your skin, blood can’t flow to it, and the tissue in the area dies. These sores often happen when a person is not moved out of a particular position for a long time.

If you see bed sores on your loved one, always dig deeper. With the help of a skilled South Florida personal injury lawyer, you can ensure your loved one receives proper care and is treated with compassion. I have helped countless Florida residents achieve just that and will put my decades of experience to work for you.


What Can I Do if I Suspect My Loved One Is a Victim of Nursing Home Negligence?

If you suspect that your loved one neglected or abused, it’s vital to understand your rights. Florida Statute 400.022 allows you to seek a law firm or attorney to pursue legal action if neglect or abuse is suspected. In some severe cases, your loved one could be moved to a different nursing home until the case settles. This step is for their safety and your peace of mind.

It’s also important to remember that Florida has a statute of limitations on these kinds of charges. You only have two years to file a personal injury claim. Although some circumstances can extend the statute of limitations, it’s best to act quickly if you suspect that a loved one is in danger. Nursing home negligence or abuse can turn dangerous or even deadly, if not dealt with promptly. If you’re ever in doubt about the legal aspects of nursing home care, it’s best to speak with a personal injury lawyer.

South Florida takes elder abuse and neglect very seriously. As a leading personal injury law firm, we can pursue the case together if you feel that your loved one’s fundamental rights are being violated. Knowing your rights under Florida law is half of the battle—working with the right personal injury law firm is the other half.

Get Help from One of South Florida’s Top Personal Injury Lawyers

South Florida has plenty of personal injury attorneys who are just out to make a buck and choose practice areas they think will help them do that. Deirdre DiBiaggio of DiBiaggio Law genuinely cares about her clients. She is passionate about protecting elder rights. For over 25 years, DiBiaggio Law has been helping people end nursing home abuse. Deirdre DiBiaggio has extensive experience with personal injury law and nursing home neglect cases. She will work with you to right the wrong that’s been done to your loved one and ensure that no one else has to endure the same kind of neglect.

If you’re looking for a skilled personal injury attorney in South Florida, call DiBiaggio Law today at (561) 903-2478 for a consultation to discuss your case. Although the law firm is in West Palm Beach, DiBiaggio Law serves Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and everywhere in between from Miami-Dade to Broward County.


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