Florida is home to thousands of senior citizens. In fact, Florida has the largest percentage of residents over the age of 65, according to U.S. News & World Report. This means that nursing homes and long-term care facilities are often inundated with requests for service in the state. Unfortunately, many nursing homes wind up understaffed or staffed by employees who are not qualified and fail to take reasonable care of patients. Such negligent care, among other infractions, qualifies as nursing home abuse.
When You May Have the Basis for Filing a Nursing Home Abuse Claim:
The Staff Violated a State Statute or Regulation
Residents in Florida nursing homes have the right to privacy, personal dignity, and a level of personal autonomy. The Florida Department of State has codified minimum standards that must be met by all nursing homes doing business in the state. If an employee of the nursing home violates one or more of these standards, there may be grounds to take legal action.