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Temperature Issues in Florida Nursing Homes

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We trust nursing homes to take care of our elderly, some of whom are unable to take care of themselves. In order to provide proper care, a nursing home facility must adhere to a certain standard of care. When that standard of care is not followed, serious injuries and even death can result. If your loved one has been injured or has died due to nursing home negligence, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami nursing home negligence attorneys have the determination and experience to handle your case.

After a hurricane in Florida, electricity is often interrupted, causing air conditioners to become unavailable. This is what happened to a nursing home in Hollywood after Hurricane Irma, turning the nursing home facility into a sweatbox and leading to the tragic death of 10 elderly patients.

In Florida, air conditioning and cooling systems are a necessity, rather than a luxury. Elderly patients who are not mobile may not be able to get up and ask staff to adjust the temperature themselves, which is why they rely on nursing home staff to make sure their spaces are cool and safe.

While the nursing home did move patients into the hallway and near fans, it seems as though it was not enough. There was a hospital across the street, which did have electricity, and the residents could have been evacuated there, but the staff did not take such action until much later. As a result, some residents died at the nursing home and others after being evacuated to the nearby hospital.

Family members of some of these decedents may seek damages from the nursing home if negligence can be established. Negligence occurs when an injury or death results from a nursing home’s failure to use the level of care that another nursing home would have used in the same or similar circumstances to reasonably protect residents from harm. For example, if the plaintiff can show that a nursing home adhering to the appropriate level of care would have had a back up generator in place, given the foreseeability of power outages in Florida’s tornado season, the Hollywood Hills nursing home may be liable for not having one if that was the cause of their loved one’s death. Alternatively, if the plaintiff can show that a nursing home adhering to the appropriate level of care would have had an evacuation plan in place, the nursing home may be liable if the failure to evacuate to the nearby hospital was the cause of death. Given the proximity of the hospital, it is unlikely this incident will be seen as an unavoidable tragedy.

If your loved one has been injured due to nursing home negligence, it is important to speak to a skilled Miami nursing home negligence attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are devoted to pursuing the compensation you need to deal with the harm that you have suffered. With years of experience, we know how to get to the bottom of nursing home neglect and abuse. We proudly represent clients throughout South Florida. To discuss your case in more detail, do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.

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