It should be surprising to no one that Florida contains many nursing homes and that the residents of them are at an unusually high risk for infection or other health issues, primarily due to their age and already existent health concerns. Obviously, the primary goal of nursing home staff is to keep their residents in the best health possible and create a safe environment for them to live in. Sometimes, however, nursing homes fail to provide this and unnecessary injuries are the result. Depending on the circumstances, the injured person may have the right to seek financial compensation.
The one condition that must exist in seeking compensation for nursing home infections is that they must have been caused by the negligence on the part of the nursing home. It is normal for people to get sick, however when this sickness could have been prevented if the staff had not violated basic safety procedures or create a properly safe environment for residents, it is considered negligence. For example, if they fail to sanitize medical equipment, catheters and IVs, or test frequently enough for common infections, such as MRSA or influenza, they would be liable for a lawsuit.
The same rule applies for neglect and abuse. If a resident or his or her needs are ignored by staff, there may be grounds for a lawsuit for either infection or elder abuse. This doesn’t happen as frequently, but sometimes staff can be intentionally malicious or uncaring towards their residents and injuries are inflicted.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of the negligence or abuse from nursing home staff, then you have full rights to pursue compensation for your injuries caused by infection or neglect. When filing your claim, it is important to have an attorney on your side to fight opposition from the nursing home and give yourself the best chance possible of winning the claim. To learn how we at the Franco Law Firm can help you, please schedule a free consultation with us by calling (813) 872-0929.