Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Number of U.S. Nursing Homes: 16,100
Number of Residents: 1.5 million
Average Length of Stay: 2 years 3 months
Nursing Homes: 676
New York: 120,336
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
At the Hollander Law Firm, we believe it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure our senior citizens are being treated with the care and dignity they deserve in a South Florida nursing home, long-term care facility or an assisted living facility.
The founding principle of our firm, “Each Case is Personal,” takes on special meaning when it comes to fighting for the peace and dignity of our elderly residents.
As a veteran trial attorney with two decades of experience, Gregg Hollander has built a law firm dedicated exclusively to fighting for the rights of people who have been seriously injured or killed in South Florida.
Florida law provides a Bill of Rights for nursing home, long-term care and assisted living residents. Meanwhile, the nursing home industry, which is comprised primarily of large chains operating for–profit homes, has moved to shield itself from liability for lax or negligent care by pushing residents and family members to sign arbitration and limitation–of–liability agreements. Want to know how your nursing home, long-term care facility or assisted living facility rates. visit the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
At the Hollander Law Firm, we have the legal and financial resources to fight for the rights of nursing home residents –– and a track record of battling some of the largest corporations and insurance companies in the State of Florida.
Florida law provides for a resident’s Bill of Rights, including:
- Civil and religious liberties
- Private and uncensored communications
- Outside health, social, legal and other services
- Right of resident to deny visitors
- Right to present grievances
- Ability to participate in social, religious or community activities
- Right to examine facility inspections
- Right to manage financial affairs
- Right to maintain separate funds
- Right to be informed of charges for services
- Right to be informed of medical condition and proposed treatment
- Right to receive adequate health care and other services
- Right to adequate privacy
- Right to be treated courteously, fairly and with dignity
- Free from mental, physical abuse, corporal punishment
- Right to be transferred or discharged only for medical reasons or welfare of other residents and the right to advanced 30–day notice
- Right to personal possessions
We do not scare. We do not back down. And we do not settle for less than justice. Just because you sign an arbitration agreement, doesn’t mean you don’t have a case when you or a family member is seriously injured or killed as a result of neglect or abuse in a Florida nursing home. At the Hollander Law Firm, we have handled numerous nursing home neglect and abuse cases in South Florida and are experienced in successfully challenging arbitration agreements, as well as defending the rights of our clients at arbitration and trial.
If you suspect nursing home neglect or abuse is occurring in a nursing home in South Florida, it is important that you take it upon yourself to consult an experienced attorney; frequently, you may be the only option for residents who need help.
Signs of abuse and neglect can include, but are not limited to: physical injuries such as broken bones, bruises or bedsores; neglect such as poor hygiene, dehydration or malnourishment; emotional and behavioral abuse which can include agitation, withdrawal and fear; or even sexual abuse.
Did you know that the average cost of a Florida nursing home stay is $88,300 per year, or $242 per day. Yet, as our population grows older, the number of nursing homes and assisted living facilities available have actually declined, from 16,516 available nationwide in 2002, to 16,100 in 2008.
Those over the age 65 represent 13 percent of the U.S. population, a number expected to skyrocket in the coming decade as the Baby Boomers retire. And the federal government estimates that almost half of those over 65 will spend time in a nursing home.
As a South Florida injury lawyer experienced in handling nursing home neglect and abuse, Gregg Hollander encourages anyone with concerns about a South Florida nursing home to contact the Hollander Law Firm for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your concerns.
The Hollander Law Firm fights for the rights of nursing home residents throughout South Florida, including Fort Myers, Naples, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. There are never any fees or costs associated with representing you unless we are successful in making a financial recovery on behalf of you and your family