Overview of Nursing Home Negligence – Leona Zoey

“Overview of Nursing Home Negligence Thousands of licensed nursing homes are in operation across the United States. Hundreds of thousands of elderly, or otherwise vulnerable, individuals reside in these facilities. Nursing home negligence is a significant problem, affecting innumerable residents each and every year. Prevalence of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Tracking the actual prevalence of nursing home abuse and neglect is challenging, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An unknown number of instances of abuse and neglect is never recognized and acted upon. With that noted, 30 percent of licensed nursing homes do report instances of abuse and neglect during the course of any given year, according to statistics maintained by the CDC. Somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 cases of death by negligence in nursing homes are reported annually to governmental authorities. Estimates suggest that only 20 percent of cases of abuse and neglect in nursing homes is ever reported. Types of Nursing Home Negligence Negligence associated with the care of nursing homes takes many forms. Common types of negligence include improper tending to a resident’s medical, hygienic, and nutritional needs. A common form of negligence is leaving a person in bed for improperly extended periods of time, resulting in the development of ulcerated bed sores. Legal Representation in a Case of Nursing Home Neglect A nursing home neglect attorney can provide necessary legal representation to a person victimized in a care facility. A neglected nursing home resident is entitled to compensation for losses that include: ● pain and suffering ● emotional distress ● medical bills and expenses If a nursing home neglect case ends up in a lawsuit, punitive damages are also a possibility. Punitive damages represent an additional amount of compensation in a case in which the conduct of a nursing care facility, or its staff, is deemed particularly reckless or egregious. A personal injury attorney will schedule an initial consultation with the family and victim of nursing home negligence. Typically, no fee is charged for an initial consultation.”


About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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