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1 Answer | Asked in Nursing Home Abuse for Florida on
Q: Florida Civ. Proc. Question

I would like to ask a witness for written answers to written questions. Is this an interrogatory or a deposition upon written questions?, or is it something else? If I want them to also provide a copy of a document, is this sought under production of documents? is this also a duces tecum? Is it a... View More

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Apr 4, 2023

It would be an interrogatory if you were to ask it of a party (plaintiff or defendant). There is no rule that specifically provides for non-parties to provide written answers. If you ask a party for a copy of a document, you would do so with a request for production. For a non-party you would... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Nursing Home Abuse and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: Who in the state of Florida can file a nursing home neglect case for a parent who has passed away

The parent had 4 children from 4 different mothers but all except for one was a minor. And the minor child was receiving social security from the dad and also child support from him as well

Pamela J. Fero
Pamela J. Fero
answered on Jan 20, 2023

If a loved one has passed away due to neglect or abuse in a nursing home, their appointed representative or next of kin may have the right to file a Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawsuit. If the deceased appointed a representative in their will, that person can take legal action on their behalf.... View More

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Q: Under FL Law, when a lawyer is granted a motion to withdraw from a case, how long does that case stay "open?"

If substitute counsel cannot be found how does one proceed "pro se?"

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Nov 19, 2023

The previously represented party normally is considered to be pro se until another attorney is found. The case stays open until a motion to dispose of the case, whether by summary judgment, etc. is ruled upon, or the case is tried.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Elder Law and Nursing Home Abuse for Florida on
Q: I was my mom's 24/7 caregiverNov,22. Still over medicated my sister had her declared incapasatated legal guardian placed

In netral bank cost thousands. Then june23 slapped a unlawful detainer now I'm tresspassed is this legal

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jul 18, 2023

You need to schedule a consultation with an attorney to evaluate all the facts and related communications. The action against you may or may not be lawful, depending on the details, and even if it's lawful, you may have potential counterclaims for money damages.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Nursing Home Abuse for Florida on
Q: Patient has late phases of dementia, escapes from secured facility, can they be charged w/ negligence?

No cameras or bracelets

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jun 29, 2023

Possibly, if the facility was negligent, and if the patient, or the patient's guardian or relatives have suffered damages resulting from such negligence.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Nursing Home Abuse for Florida on
Q: While in rehab facility my sister's pain medication was being stolen, bigwigs came in fired all the thieves. Case??

Trying to convince my sister she has a case. While she was in a rehab facility here in Jacksonville last month, after a 14 hour total spine fusion surgery, when the night staff came in to give her her pain medication they would only give her one pill, and she was supposed to be getting three. the... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 24, 2022

A Florida attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. A law firm could find it difficult to answer your question about legal action based on the brief description. Part of this is that when people ask about the viability of a lawsuit, they generally have in mind a... View More

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Q: In Florida, Can we be sued if we video record home health aid? The agency is asking for the clip of the assault.

We’ve video recorded an physical aggressive behavior of the Caregiver toward elderly man and filled a report to Adult protective services about the incident. The private home care agency wants the video clip. I don’t believe I should sent it to the accused agency. Advise?

Michael  Mayoral
Michael Mayoral
answered on Nov 4, 2021

I handle ALF cases and this is unfortunately quite common. You should immediately contact an attorney who handles ALF (Assisted Living Facility) and Nursing Home Negligence cases. This is valuable evidence which may form the basis of a claim against them. In Florida, there is something called the... View More

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Q: Hello, my mother who has been in some type of ALS has had a stroke supposedly over night and was discovered in her curr

She had had several strokes over a time period but the point of contact wasn’t told until this last one. The lady who owns the place has not even had a doctor come at all to assess her situation. I find this reprehensible!!

Michael Brevda
Michael Brevda
answered on Nov 1, 2021

I am sorry to hear about Mom. The ALF Residents' Rights provide that every Florida ALF resident has a right to live in a safe and decent living environment, free from abuse and neglect. It sounds like Mom's care was questionable, so you should absolutely investigate. Contact a Florida... View More

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Q: Is it legal to make a nursing home resident sleep on a mattress on the floor?

my mother in law keep falling due to her many ailments. The nursing home removed her bed from her room and placed the mattress on the floor. When I arrived, I saw her on the mattress ( on the floor). I spoke to the nurse and requested that the bed be put back in the room. They put the bed back... View More

Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
answered on Oct 25, 2017

The standard is not legal or illegal. It is reasonable under the circumstances. Obviously the appearance of a mattress on the floor is not good. It sounds as though the reason was to prevent injuries due to falling. You should have a discussion further with the nursing home about other alternatives... View More

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