Because Florida has an ever growing elderly population, nursing home negligence and abuse has become more common. As the elderly population increases, the current facilities expand to meet the need. However, in order to maximize profit, the nursing home and assisted living facilities minimize the number of attendant care workers at each facility. Additionally, the facilities rely heavily on low paid attendants who are frequently poorly trained to provide care to your loved one. Sadly, many of the facilities do not even conduct criminal background checks on their new employees. At Sands White & Sands, P.A., we work closely with the families of nursing home residents who have been injured through neglect or abuse. If you are concerned that neglect, carelessness, or abuse was involved in the care of a loved one or a close friend, then you should speak with an attorney at Sands White & Sands, P.A., to discuss the claim further.
What types of claims do you handle?
At Sands White & Sands, P.A., we handle all types of claims against nursing homes, including claims for injuries that have occurred as the result of nursing or medical carelessness, neglect or outright abuse. Residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities have specific rights and a violation of these rights can lead to a claim for damages, even if the resident passes away for reasons separate and apart from the neglect.
How do I know if I have a claim?
First, you should contact us and speak with one of our legal assistants, who will take down the initial information and immediately discuss it with one of our attorneys. The attorney will review the claim and personally call you that day to discuss your concerns. At that time, they will likely schedule a meeting with you to discuss the case in more detail. The attorney will request that you or a loved one sign medical authorizations so that the nursing home facilities records can be obtained, which usually takes between two to three weeks. Once the records have been received, the attorney will review the records to determine if a potential claim exists.
Will there be any charge for this investigation?
No. We do not charge the client for any fees or costs unless a recovery is made on the claim. At our initial meeting, the attorney will go over the Attorney Fee Contract with you. Typically, the contract will provide that the attorney will receive a set percentage of any recovery on your bodily injury claim. In dealing with any law firm concerning representation, you should always remember that there is no legal requirement that a lawyer charge a client a set fee or a percentage of money recovered in a case. You have the right to talk with the lawyer about the proposed fee and to bargain about the rate or percentage as in any other contract.