» Nursing Home Abuse Attorney at Joyce and Reyes Remarks on Pending Lawsuit Reform Bill

Nursing Home Abuse Attorney at Joyce and Reyes Remarks on Pending Lawsuit Reform Bill

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 - The Florida legislature is soon to vote on a bill to place restrictions on lawsuits against nursing homes.

The bill would protect passive investors from lawsuits related to care of nursing home residents. It would require evidentiary hearings in cases in which residents pursue punitive damage claims against homes. It would also place penalties on nursing homes that don't pay judgments against them, including possible revocation of operating licenses.

Tampa nursing home abuse attorney Robert Joyce offers his thoughts on the bill's provisions.

“I'm always wary of bills that might restrict an injured person's ability to recover damages,” he says, “but this one seems well-intentioned. It’s meant to curb the activity of some Florida nursing home attorneys who have made a habit of targeting investors, and even vendors, who might have very little involvement, if any, in the operations of the homes. Supporters say the provision will attract more investment in nursing homes, which may be true. As long as the specific language is clear that only passive investors are protected from lawsuits, I think patients will still be protected.

“As for the penalties, I definitely welcome that provision,” Mr. Joyce continues. “When a judgment is entered against a nursing home due to negligence or abuse, they need to pay those damages – period. If they do not, they will face a series of penalties up to license revocation. I don't predict nursing homes being put out of business by this law. I predict injured patients getting the compensation they lawfully deserve.”

The sponsor of the measure, Rep. Matt Gaetz, said that seniors-advocacy group AARP, trial lawyer group the Florida Justice Association and the Florida Health Care Association all had input into the bill.

“The fact that trial lawyers and the AARP were involved is encouraging,” adds Mr. Joyce. “All in all, I expect the bill to pass and have a positive impact on nursing home patients and operators in Florida.”

Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A.
307 S Hyde Park Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Call: 813.251.2007


View Larger Map

  • Florida jury awards 10 million dollars in wrongful death lawsuit
    A jury in a Florida wrongful death lawsuit found Domino’s Pizza liable for car accident that left a man paralyzed from the waist down and ultimately resulted in his death. After Richard Wiederhold, a Brevard County fire chief, was hit by a pizza delivery driver, he was left paralyzed, and his wife had to take […]
  • Learn the facts about medical malpractice
    Medical malpractice causes thousands of injuries and deaths every year. Here are the facts you should be aware of. • Medical malpractice is the third most common cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer, according to research published in the Journal of Patient Safety, which estimates that up to 440,000 […]
  • Robert Joyce honored with 2016 Champion of Justice award
    Attorney Robert Joyce will receive the 2016 Champion of Justice award from the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association. This prestigious award has only been given seven times in the past, and it is only presented to attorneys who have demonstrated an exceptional lifetime commitment to the service of justice. The Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association […]
  • Tampa Bay area pill mill doctor and wife convicted on drug charges
    A Tampa doctor who practiced in Pinellas Park, and his wife, were convicted of federal drug conspiracy charges, for prescribing oxycodone and other medications that a jury found led to three patient deaths. Dr. Edward Neil Feldman, a 76-year-old orthopedist, and his wife Kim Feldman, were both convicted on five related counts in a case […]
  • Nursing assistant sentenced to jail in Florida nursing home abuse case
    Nursing home abuse and neglect was at the forefront of a recent case in which a former certified nursing assistant in Florida received a five-month jail sentence and five years of probation for the abuse of a nursing home resident, which was caught on a hidden camera. The Florida woman was charged with battery on […]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required