July 22, 2013
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the State of Florida this week after uncovering several disabled children placed unnecessarily in nursing homes, which is considered a form of nursing home abuse in Florida.
According to the lawsuit, officials visited six nursing homes in Florida. At least 200 disabled children were determined to be there when they could have easily gotten the same care at home. The investigation stems from several instances of past nursing home abuse and neglect against children who shouldn’t have been in a nursing home in the first place.
In 2012, 14-year-old Marie Freyre was sent to a Miami nursing home against the wishes of her mother, Doris Freyre, who had cared for the disabled child since birth. Shortly after Marie was admitted, she died. Records indicate that not only did Marie not get enough food to eat, but nurses failed to give her life-sustaining medication. This is only one of many issues that have been brought up against Florida nursing homes.
Last year, the DOJ notified the State of Florida that it was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and also determined that the state is making it far too difficult for children with disabilities to get the kind of medical services needed in order to stay at home. Yet, during recent visits, inspectors concluded that nothing has been done to rectify the problem.
Health official in Florida have yet to make a statement regarding the lawsuit.
Keep in mind that if you or a loved one have been victim to nursing home abuse, you’ll need an experienced nursing home attorney by your side to get the justice you’re entitled to. At McIver Brown law firm, our leading team of Florida nursing home abuse lawyers have helped numerous victims, and we’ll be happy to assist you as well. Contact us today for a free consultation.