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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing homes are designed to play a vital role in providing twenty-four (24) hour care and support to some of society’s most vulnerable members. In fact, nursing homes often hold themselves out as specialists in the care and treatment of individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s/Dementia, frequent falls, wandering, malnutrition/dehydration, poor hygiene, skin breakdown, paralysis, and infections. Regrettably, nursing homes sometimes fail to meet their duties and responsibilities, resulting in dire consequences for residents. At FIDJ, we understand the physical and emotional toll nursing home abuse and neglect can inflict on residents and their families. While we cannot turn back the hands of time, we can seek justice and hold these facilities accountable for the pain and suffering they have caused.

 

If you suspect your loved one was injured at the hands of a nursing home, contact the experienced nursing home injury attorneys at FIDJ, before it’s too late.

We Sue Nursing Homes for Abuse and Neglect

Call (844) FIDJ-LAW to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.

5 steps to take if you suspect nursing home or assisted living facility abuse or neglect.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I’m not sure if I have a nursing home abuse or neglect case. Can I speak with an attorney at FIDJ?

 

Absolutely. You can and should reach out to us if you have any concerns or suspicions regarding nursing home abuse or neglect. Our experienced nursing home injury attorneys are available to evaluate your situation and provide guidance on a path forward. 

 

I cannot afford a lawyer. Can I still hire you to sue a nursing home?

 

Yes. The experienced nursing home injury attorneys at FIDJ work on a contingency fee basis. That means, we only get paid if there is a monetary recovery associated with your case.

 

I might have signed an arbitration agreement. Can I still sue the nursing home for damages?

 

Yes. It’s common for nursing homes to include arbitration clauses in their agreements as a way to keep cases out of the public eye and limit potential damages. However, the experienced nursing home injury attorneys at FIDJ can carefully assess the validity and enforceability of your arbitration clause. Depending on the circumstances, our experienced attorneys may be able to challenge and potentially invalidate the arbitration agreement, allowing your case to proceed to civil court where it can be heard before a jury. In the event an arbitration clause is enforceable, our attorneys can still represent you in the arbitration process.

 

How long do I have to file a nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuit?

 

In Florida, nursing home injury cases must be brought within two (2) years of the date of injury and/or the date of death. This two (2) year deadline is known as a “statute of limitations”. However, do not delay as there may be prior injuries that you do not know about. In addition, many nursing homes have notoriously high staff turnover rates. Therefore, unnecessary delay can make it more difficult to locate potential witnesses. To learn more about the applicable statute of limitations, check out our blog, "The Deadline to File a Florida Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility Abuse or Neglect Case."

 

Is it normal to feel guilty for placing my loved one in a nursing home?

 

We frequently hear families express their guilt in placing a loved one in a nursing home. However, it’s important to remember that the decision is usually driven by an unwavering desire to ensure the best possible care for your loved one.

 

My loved one was injured at the hands of a nursing home that I selected. Should I feel responsible for my loved one’s pain and suffering?

 

Absolutely not. Your intention was to provide the best possible care for your loved one by choosing a nursing home that you believed could meet your loved one’s needs. When a nursing home fails to uphold its duty to provide proper care and protection, the responsibility for any associated injuries lies with the facility, not with you. You are not at fault for the actions of a facility that failed to provide the care it promised.

 

How long do nursing home injury cases last?

 

Each case is unique. While some cases settle before a lawsuit is filed, other cases require a trial. As a rule of thumb, however, you can expect a jury trial within two (2) years of filing your lawsuit. The finality of cases can be extended by the appellate process. If your case is subject to a valid arbitration clause, you can generally expect a quicker resolution. 

 

Are you going to handle my case or refer it to another law firm?

 

We are not an attorney referral service. If we take your case, we handle your case.

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