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.
Fortunately, the 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 the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb.