The Florida Senate has passed a measure that would impact the amount of damages residents of a nursing home or their families may receive. The bill (SB 670) has provisions that would prohibit plaintiffs from seeking damages from nursing home investors, unless it can be shown that those investors, in some way, were responsible for the nursing home neglect or abuse.
The bill has been described as a compromise by some legislative insiders. While the measure seeks to limit those who can be named as defendants in nursing home litigation, it also lowers the cost to access medical records, which could help plaintiffs’ attorneys and actually lead to an increase in nursing home lawsuits.
The measure also contains provisions that would force nursing homes to pay judgments that have been levied against them. Nursing home payouts in Florida are often delayed for long periods of time or not paid at all.