Category Archives: nursing home abuse

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Nursing Home Neglect and the Duty to Report

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If a person sees signs or symptoms of nursing home neglect in Florida, is that person required by law to report the possible abuse to authorities? Under Florida law, individuals in certain professions are designated as “mandatory reporters.” We want to discuss a recent case with you and then clarify how Florida’s mandatory reporter… Read More »

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Preventing Another Hollywood Hills Tragedy

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By Joseph B. Landy The events in the Hollywood Hills tragedy sent shockwaves across the country.  Tragically, nursing home residents die each and every day due to neglect.  Countless others suffer skin breakdown to the bone, infection, malnutrition, dehydration, over medication, falls, physical abuse and even sexual abuse due to a system that places… Read More »

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Detecting Abuse Of A Loved One

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By Joseph B. Landy Residents at nursing homes are at a high risk of abuse and neglect.  Affirmative action by family members, however, will decrease the associated risks. First and foremost, be proactive.  Visit regularly, interact with the staff, and participate in the care plan meetings.  The more you are involved, the great chance… Read More »

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Is the State of Florida Trying to Hide Nursing Home Abuse Violations?

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Given the high number of Florida residents who are aged 65 and older—including many who already reside in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities—it is particularly important to think about elder wellness and safety. According to a recent article in the Miami Herald, the state of Florida appears to have changed the content of some… Read More »

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Elderly Falls and Florida Premises Liability Law

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Did you know that falls have become the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among the elderly population? Older adults are at greater risk of fall-related injuries, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA). As the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Broward County reports, as of 2014, Florida’s seniors accounted… Read More »

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Elder Abuse Myths: Get the Facts

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For many elderly residents of Florida, the risks of nursing home abuse and neglect are ever-present. Elder neglect can occur in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in the state, but it can also happen when a senior remains at home with the help of a home health aide. In many instances, elder abuse and… Read More »

Protecting Your Loved One in a Nursing Home

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We have all seen vulnerable nursing home residents being mistreated on TV. Unfortunately these incidents occur every day. According to the American Psychological Association, every year an estimated 2.1 million older Americans are victims of physical, psychological or other forms of abuse and neglect.  As nursing home abuse lawyers, we have seen it all… Read More »

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Nursing Home Abuse

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The decision to admit a loved one to a nursing home is never easy, especially when you are trusting someone else to care for a family member as if it was you. Sadly, not all facilities are worthy of this trust.  Stories abound of nursing home residents abused and neglected.  Recently, for example, the… Read More »

West Palm Beach Nursing Home Caregivers Strike for $15 Hourly Wage

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In a recent WPTV News Channel 5 news story, local nursing home caregivers are going on strike for a higher minimum wage. Workers there have been pushing for better conditions and pay for the past year. This attempt to raise the wages in the nursing home industry is long overdue.  Absent decent wages, it is extremely… Read More »

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Is There a Way Around Mandatory Arbitration in Nursing Home Cases?

By Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith, PLLC |

In 2009, Elizabeth Barrow, a 100-year-old Massachusetts nursing home resident, was murdered by her 97-year-old roommate, a woman described in patient files as being “at risk to harm herself or others.”  According to a New York Times story, after being charged with murder, Mrs. Barrow’s roommate was found unfit to stand trial and committed… Read More »

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