Boca Raton, FL – Nursing homes can become places where viral outbreaks quickly spread and infect many people in a short period of time. This is because there are several elderly people who are vulnerable or already ill in close quarters with each other, and sometimes the staff in the homes does not take adequate measures to clean and sanitize the entire facility properly. When a facility neglects its duties, the victims or their family members have various remedies available through civil lawsuits.
Reasons for lawsuits after outbreaks at nursing homes
Various outbreaks and pandemics in recent years have been the cause of a number of different lawsuits against these kinds of facilities. There should be heightened awareness regarding issues such as sanitation and cleanliness, however this is not always the case.
Many elderly people have become seriously ill or passed away due to an infection that was contracted while the person was under the facility’s care. There is a general obligation for nursing homes to be kept clean and safe for everyone staying inside. The government also regulates these kinds of facilities, and tries to make sure that all guidelines are followed if they are to keep receiving relevant sources of funding. However, due to problems with inadequate staff training and turnover, lack of proper funding, and oversights and negligence by the home’s administration, these obligations are often not met adequately. The results of improper care in a nursing home can be disastrous for anyone who needs protection due to advanced age and other medical conditions.
Damages available for victims
When the facility is found to be liable for a patient contracting an illness or passing away, the victim or their family may be compensated in a number of different ways. Medical treatment or relocation into another facility may be necessary. Things like doctor’s visits and transportation may factor in these kinds of economic damages. If the person develops long term or serious health problems, their non-economic losses related to pain and suffering can be calculated as well. In cases where the victim suffers from a fatal infection, certain family members are able to bring the case and ask for costs related to funeral and burial expenses in addition to the other kinds of damages. This is called a wrongful death lawsuit. There are special rules for wrongful death cases, so the family should speak with their attorney to make sure they are eligible to bring the case.
Cases against nursing homes in Florida
Nursing home neglect and abuse are serious problems for families, but legal help is available. Rosenberg Injury Law assists with civil lawsuits against facilities that fail to care for the elderly in an appropriate manner.
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