West Palm Beach, FL area nursing homes can be dangerous places for residents
as well as visitors. Falling in a Florida nursing home can lead to massive
medical complications, ranging from simple but annoying (e.g., sprained
ankle or hip) to catastrophic (e.g., uncontrolled bleeding, traumatic
brain injury, spinal damage, etc…).
South Florida is a popular spot for retirees, thanks to the beautiful
weather, community spirit and resources for seniors. Unfortunately, many
West Palm Beach area nursing homes are poorly managed, understaffed and
poorly maintained. Visitors to a property can get hurt in any number of
ways: they can slip and fall on wet floors; trip over cords, garbage,
or debris; or even suffer an accident when a cane or walker collapses
at an inopportune moment.
When Visitors Fall in a Nursing Home, Is the Nursing Home Liable?
Liability in a Florida slip and fall case depends very specifically on
the details of the accident. If you acted in a knowingly careless or negligent
fashion, the nursing home can essentially argue that you brought the accident
upon yourself. Examples of such cases may include:
- You went into an “employee’s only” area without permission
- You went for a joy ride in a nursing home golf cart and then tipped the cart over
- You drank alcohol or took massive amounts of prescription painkillers and
wandered around the premises
In other cases, the nursing home clearly bears significant responsibility
for what happened. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to know whether
the nursing home was liable or not. Even if you believe the home was in
the wrong, you still need to provide compelling evidence and build a powerful
case to obtain a settlement or judgment in your favor.
Florida slip and fall lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb have powerful processes and procedures
to help accident victims like you protect your rights. Connect with our
compassionate, thorough, knowledgeable team at (561) 600-5605.