Nursing Home News October Is Residents Rights Month in Florida

October 2010 – Florida – Florida is home to a growing number of America’s elderly population. A representative of the state’s Department of Elder Affairs says that “more than 160,000 Floridians live in nursing homes” or similar facilities.

October is recognized as Residents’ Rights Month in Florida (residents meaning, those who are elderly and/or incapacitated and living in nursing homes or other assisted-living facilities).

Brian Lee, a state long-term care ombudsmen with the Department of Elder Affairs, recently wrote a piece for The Sun Sentinel that highlights Residents’ Rights Month and the continued need for nursing home resident’s right to safe and ethical treatment in Florida nursing homes.

Nursing home abuse is a serious continuing issue in Florida, despite the fact that elderly residents living in nursing home facilities in our state enjoy certain rights, including:

  • fair treatment, without intimidation or abuse;
  • security from financial abuse;
  • the right to vote; and
  • a reasonable expectation of privacy.

When Florida nursing home abuse or neglect results in an injury to your loved one, you and your family have the right to pursue a claim for damages relating to the injury. In addition to potentially securing compensation for your loved one’s medical care and pain and suffering, you are helping to fight nursing home abuse in Florida.

Contact a Central Florida Personal Injury Attorney Today

Abuse or neglect of the elderly, frail and/or incapacitated is a particularly reprehensible offense. If your loved one was injured because of nursing home abuse, or a lack of proper standards of care, a Central Florida nursing home abuse lawyer can work with you and your family to fight for compensation for your loved one’s injuries.

The Central Florida nursing home abuse lawyer team at Lilly, O’Toole & Brown can work with you to identify all of the responsible parties in your Florida nursing home abuse claim. Contact our firm today to schedule your consultation; 863-533-5525.