State legislatures understand that a significant number of cases each year arise out of nursing home negligence and nursing home abuse. Indeed, one recent study indicated that 10% of all elders suffer some kind of abuse in their old age. Because most older people end up at a nursing home at one point in their lives, a significant portion of these victims are victimized in nursing homes.
Florida’s Response to Increasing Nursing Home Litigation
The State of Florida recently passed Senate Bill 670, that changes the landscape of some nursing home cases. While the law has no practical effect in Maryland, it is a good guidepost to see what other state legislatures consider to be “problem areas” with current nursing home litigation.
The new bill tweaked several aspects of the existing laws in Florida, including:
- Previously, a victim of nursing home negligence or abuse could bring common-law causes of action (such as negligence, etc.) and also a statutory cause of action under Section 400.023 of the Florida Statutes. However, under the new law, nursing home victims will only be able to look to the statutory remedies. This restricts the number of claims a nursing home negligence victim can bring against the offending nursing home.
While the new law affects Florida cases only, this may be a good indicator of what issues lawmakers see with the current state of the law, and what changes may be coming in the future.
Are You In Need of a Nursing Home Attorney?
If you or a loved one has recently been the victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, you should speak with an experienced Maryland nursing home injury lawyer as soon as possible. Recovering for your injuries is certainly a possibility, but it is not a certainty. Skilled legal assistance will help you in navigating the complex system, increasing your ultimate chances of recovery. To speak to a dedicated nursing home negligence and abuse attorney, click here or call 410-654-3600 today and schedule your free initial consultation.
See More Blog Posts:
Nursing Home Employee Facing Assault Charges for the Abuse of a Resident, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published April 2, 2014.
Sexual Assault in Pennsylvania Nursing Home Sends Authorities on a Search, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published April 23, 2014.