What are Florida’s nursing home abuse laws?

July 19, 2022 | Personal Injury

Many Floridians have older loved ones in nursing homes. Suspecting or knowing that your loved one has been harmed while in such a facility is horrifying. You should know about the state’s laws on nursing home abuse.

Nursing home statutes

There are various statutes that exist to regulate care and services provided to Florida nursing home residents. Residents have certain rights. However, when nursing home abuse occurs, it means that the nursing home has violated those rights. If you have a loved one in a nursing home and notice signs of possible abuse, you have the right to file a complaint or lawsuit.

What are the rights of nursing home residents?

Florida’s nursing home statutes state that nursing home residents are entitled to the following rights:

  • To be treated with respect, fairness and dignity
  • To be free from physical, emotional and financial abuse
  • To retain services to preserve their health
  • To be able to issue grievances without having fear of repercussions
  • To receive oral and written information about medical services offered by the nursing home
  • To be able to participate in social, communal and religious activities
  • To be able to have private communications and to send and receive uncensored personal mail
  • To be able to make and receive unmonitored phone calls
  • To have access to a selection of doctors and pharmacy options
  • To be able to participate in the planning of their health care and to refuse suggested treatment

What is the statute of limitations for filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit?

If you believe that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse and wish to file a lawsuit, you must do so within the appropriate amount of time. The statute of limitations to file is two years, but it can be extended to four years if fraud is involved in the incident.

Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable. Protecting them from abuse is crucial.


Jared K. Newman Esq. is the founder of Newman Injury Law. Mr. Newman is an experienced civil litigation attorney who has dedicated his practice to representing those injured while driving, walking, at work or elsewhere due to the negligence of others. He is an experienced advocate for his clients against insurance companies that refuse to pay fair and just compensation for the injuries caused by their insureds. His expertise in litigation rounds out the capabilities that form the personal injury practice area of the firm. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, he received his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. Mr. Newman has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2010.