How Trial Attorneys Protect Seniors
The State of Florida and the U.S. government have both enacted endless laws and regulations with the intent of protecting senior citizens from abuse and exploitation. These laws and regulations are supposed to be enforced by numerous bureaucratic agencies like the Department of Children and Families, the Agency for Health Care Administration, and others. But these bureaucrats can’t get the job done, even with the wealth and power of both state and federal governments behind them. These regulatory agencies, as well as nonprofit watchdogs, continue to report serious problems in the nursing home industry. Between 2000 and 2008, regulatory violations likely to result in serious harm or death rose 22%, and more than 90% of nursing homes were guilty of at least one regulatory violation.
Since these bureaucrats can’t control the problem, the last line of defense in protecting seniors from abuse and neglect is the contingency fee trial attorney. Trial attorneys use the civil justice system to uncover abuse and neglect and obtain just compensation from juries for injuries and deaths caused by nursing homes who are lax in their care. The threat of these money awards do more than any regulation or poorly trained bureaucrat to force nursing homes to meet proper standards of conduct and care.