On June 13th, 2014 Senate Bill 670 was signed by Governor Rick Scott. The new law will change and amend several aspects of the existing law pertaining to skilled nursing facilities. The changes are of particular importance to passive investors and those indirectly involved with skilled nursing homes. From now on:
Passive investors are not liable for damages under this law; Only the licensee, licensee’s management or consulting companies, and direct caregivers are subject to suit without an extra hearing; and Punitive damages are harder to obtain and require an extra hearing.
This law should make Florida a safer place for passive investors and companies that are indirectly involved with skilled nursing home facilities. The law in its entirety can be found here: http://laws.flrules.org/2014/83.