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“My mother passed away due to negligence at her skilled nursing facility. I cannot begin to adequately describe the feelings of sorrow, remorse and anger all tied up in one big knot in my mind and heart.

To find an attorney that was empathetic and understanding and knowledgeable made all the difference in world in helping my family and I get thru this horrible time. Kim’s knowledge in the matter was stellar and everything was handled as she guided me and I do not regret one moment in hiring her. I would hire her again in a heartbeat and I cannot imagine that there is anyone else more competent in this area. I cannot thank her enough and will remain grateful always.”

- Robyn F.

“Kim Kohn at Kohn Law and her legal staff are absolute professionals. Not only did she pursue my case with professionalism and empathy, but she tenaciously secured a settlement on behalf of my injured mom. I cannot thank her enough. I highly recommend this firm to anyone seeking an expert and caring personal injury firm focusing on personal injury matters arising from negligent Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.”

- Rose P.

“Kim and her firm did a great job in handling our nursing home case and we were very pleased with the outcome. She was always easy to reach and walked us through any questions we had throughout the process. I would refer Kim and the Law Firm of Goudie & Kohn to all of my family, friends and colleagues.”

- Lyn A.

“I have had nothing but a positive experience with Kohn Law.

Kim and her team are very knowledgeable in their area of expertise. They kelp me informed as to what to expect in all phases of my case. They are also very punctual and are willing to answer any questions that I have had concerning my suit.”

- D. Green
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Tampa Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

Nursing home abuse is a grim reality that affects countless elderly individuals across the globe. As the global population ages, the need for nursing homes has increased, and unfortunately, so have instances of abuse within these facilities. Nursing home abuse encompasses various forms of maltreatment, including physical, emotional, sexual abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Tampa nursing home abuse attorney Kim Kohn has vast and unique experience in zealously representing her clients and have had tremendous successes.

Types of Abuse

  • Physical Abuse: Physical abuse in nursing homes involves inflicting physical pain or injury upon a resident. This can include hitting, slapping, pushing, or improperly using restraints.
  • Emotional Abuse: This is characterized by causing emotional pain, distress, or anguish through verbal or nonverbal acts. Examples include humiliation, intimidation, or isolation.
  • Sexual Abuse: This involves non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with a nursing home resident.
  • Neglect: Neglect is the failure to provide goods and services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness. This may include not attending to the basic needs of the resident, such as hygiene, nutrition, or necessary healthcare.
  • Financial Exploitation: This involves the illegal or improper use of a resident’s funds, property, or assets.

The prevalence of nursing home abuse is alarmingly high, yet underreported. Many residents are often unable or afraid to report abuse. Some indicators of abuse include unexplained injuries, malnourishment, dehydration, sudden changes in behavior, and unexplained financial transactions.

What is Nursing Home Abuse Under Florida Law?

The NCOA makes clear that nursing home abuse can take many forms, including “physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment.” Elder abuse under Florida law (Fla. Stat. § 825.102), which the statute describes as “abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult,” is defined as one of the following:

  • Inflicting injury upon an elderly person or disabled adult;
  • An intentional act that could result in injury to an elderly person or disabled adult; or
  • Active encouragement of any person to commit an act that could result in injury to an elderly person or disabled adult.

Florida takes nursing home abuse extremely seriously, and a person who is found to have committed abuse of an elderly person faces criminal penalties for a third-degree felony. The penalties become more serious when a person knowingly or willfully commits elder abuse and it results in great bodily harm or permanent injury to an elderly adult.

Contact An Experienced Tampa Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyer

It is important for families in Tampa to understand that, even though the Florida statute makes clear that there are criminal penalties for elder abuse, seniors and their families also may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for injuries. A nursing home abuse lawsuit is one particular type of personal injury claim, which is a civil lawsuit through which the plaintiff can seek financial compensation for losses. Contact our experienced Tampa nursing home abuse attorney today, we can help.

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Personal injury cases:
  • Auto Accident – over $4,000,000.00 settlement
  • Auto accident/wrongful death 1 million
Medical malpractice cases
  • $2 million-development of pressure sores, contractures, weight loss
  • $250, 000-development of pressure sores
Nursing home abuse cases:
  • $6 million-development of pressure sores, weight loss, dehydration, infections
  • $2 million-development of pressure sore, weight loss, dehydration, infections
  • $1.5 million-development of pressure sores
  • $1.2 million-pressure sores, weight loss, dehydration
  • $1.4 million-pressure sores, dehydration, malnutrition, contractures


Kohn Law, we regularly assist plaintiffs with a wide variety of nursing home abuse cases for elderly residents and their families. The following are examples of the types of nursing home abuse claims we handle:

· Nursing home neglect: Nursing home neglect can occur when a nursing home or assisted-living facility fails to provide adequate care for patients. This type of abuse does not necessarily signal that the staff member willingly or knowingly engaged in nursing home abuse, but rather that by neglecting to provide proper care, the patient suffered injuries. At the same time, neglect can be intentional if a staff member purposefully avoid providing adequate care to patients.

· Bed sores: Bed sores are also known as pressure ulcers, according to the Mayo Clinic. These are a particular type of injury to the skin that results from “prolonged pressure on the skin.” In many cases, bed sores develop on areas of the skin that bony, such as a person’s hips or tailbone. This type of injury is commonly associated with a patient who spends a substantial amount of time in a bed or chair. Bed sores can result from nursing home neglect.

· Broken bones: Broken bones in a nursing home can result from physical abuse, as well as from neglect. In some situations, a patient does not know that he or she has a broken bone, and injuries can worsen without proper care. For example, a patient may develop an infection that requires hospitalization, and in some cases a serious infection can lead to the patient’s death.

· Physical abuse: The National Council on Aging (NCOA) emphasizes that physical abuse frequently occurs at the hands of an elderly person’s caregiver. Providing care for a senior can be stressful, and many staff members at facilities are not properly trained. At the same time, nursing homes have a duty to provide proper training and to ensure that employees do not have backgrounds that could more likely result in physical abuse against a patient. Physical abuse can involve hitting, striking, restraining, or otherwise harming a patient.

· Dehydration: All nursing home patients require enough fluids to stay hydrated. This is particularly important for nursing home residents who need assistance maintaining a proper diet. Dehydration often results from nursing home neglect, or the failure to monitor a patient’s day-to-day health needs.

· Malnutrition abuse: Malnutrition afflicts nursing home patients much too often. While it can be difficult to determine whether a nursing home patient is eating his or her food and is eating nutritiously, nursing homes have a duty to make sure that the nutrition needs of all patients are met. Malnutrition often occurs in cases of nursing home neglect, and particularly in facilities that are understaffed.

· Falling incidents: Falls in nursing homes typically occur when a patient is not properly monitored by staff. In most cases, falls are tied to nursing home neglect. Falls can happen in almost any situation, including out of a bed, out of a chair, in the shower, in the bathroom, and even in the hallway of a facility.

· Emotional abuse: Emotional abuse can be more difficult to identify given that it does not often have any physical signs or symptoms. However, emotional and psychological abuse are serious problems in nursing homes, and they often accompany physical abuse. When a senior seems withdrawn or shows shifts in behavior, it is important to consider whether that elderly nursing home resident is suffering emotional abuse.


If you have concerns about an elderly loved one’s safety in a Tampa nursing home or assisted living facility, you should learn more about filing an elder abuse claim.

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Attorney Kimberley

Kim started off her career as an Assistant Public Defender in Tampa. Since 1999 Kim has been focused on bringing justice to those harmed by others. She represents clients victimized by other individuals, unscrupulous insurance companies, institutions, and Nursing Homes.

Kim litigates cases involving:

  • Nursing home abuse/neglect
  • Assisted living abuse/neglect
  • Medical malpractice
  • Automobile accidents
  • Wrongful death
  • Slip and Falls

Kim is Licensed to Practice in:

  • Florida
  • California
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District-Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District-Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District-Florida
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October 2020
Collier County Bar Association
Elder Law Section
August 2020
Osceola County Bar Association
Elder Law Section
May 2020
Orange County Bar Association
Elder and Estate Guardianship Sections

The Tampa law firm of Kohn Law is a results-oriented boutique firm that defends Florida citizens in cases of:

  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Assisted Living Facility Neglect
  • Personal injury
  • Wrongful death

While some lawyers can be unreachable and evasive, we never hide behind office assistants and paralegals, and we are certain to return every phone call we receive. In fact, you get our cell phone numbers so that we can be available at all times and provide updates on the progress of your case.


We are not a high-volume firm; we are very selective about the cases we take on, and our low number of clients allows us to provide individual attention for every case. We immediately start investigating claims. Our thoroughness and preparation are evident—we usually have civil litigation wrapped up before a lawsuit is ever filed and criminal cases are usually ready for court before indictment.


Our reputation shows we are unafraid to face anyone or any corporation to do right by our clients, and our talent and aggressive representation translates to the best possible outcomes for your case. Our professional yet tenacious manner and commitment to justice let you know that your criminal or serious personal injury case is in experienced hands.

We have had many legal triumphs in each of our extensive careers. Check out our results to learn more about our record of accomplishment and contact our Tampa nursing home abuse attorney today.

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