Author : Frank Fernandez

Bedsores

What Are Pressure Ulcers and Why Do They Matter?

Frank Fernandez
In the United States, the prevalence of decubitus ulcers, also known as pressure ulcers, is at a high of around 8 percent. These ulcers lead to thousands of deaths each year. Most of these deaths occurred in those over the age of 80 and resulted from the pressure ulcer causing a significant blood infection such as sepsis (also known as septicemia). Pressure ulcers are a growing problem in healthcare and medical malpractice cases. Those suffering...
Bedsores Medical Malpractice

How Much Is a Bedsore Lawsuit Worth?

Frank Fernandez
According to the Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida has more than 190,000 beds available at hospitals, nurse homes and assisted living facilities. While these beds are not 100 percent filled, a significant portion of our most vulnerable population relies on medical care in these facilities. While Florida skilled nursing facilities rank among the best in the country, neglect remains a problem. Bedsores pose a problem in nearly every situation that involves a person confined...
Medical Malpractice

At Any Given Moment, Approximately What Proportion Of U.S. Hospital Patients Has A Pressure Ulcer?

Frank Fernandez
How Common Are They and How Do They Start? Pressure ulcers, also known as pressure sores, are one of the most common side effects of long-term care around the world, affecting about 8.4 percent of hospital patients specifically. In the United States, around 2.5 million people get pressure ulcers every year.  According to that math, at any given time,  one in every 13 long-term care patients is suffering from a pressure ulcer. They rarely form...
Bedsores

Are Hospitals Responsible for Bedsores?

Frank Fernandez
While we often do not consider the risk of receiving inadequate care when we are stuck in the hospital, such care is a real concern. Bedsores are one possible outcome of inadequate care. Hospitals face a significant challenge when fighting against a patient lawsuit stemming from bedsores—they are preventable medical incidents. This almost always makes them liable when a patient gets bedsores. What Are Bedsores? Bedsores are also known as pressure ulcers. They are very...
Bedsores

How to Heal a Bedsore

Frank Fernandez
Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, can cause extreme pain and discomfort for patients with injuries and medical conditions that keep them confined to bed or  to a wheelchair or chair for the majority of the day.  Bed-bound patients often rely on their caregivers, including nursing staff members and certified nursing assistants (“CNAs”), to help keep them comfortable, move around as needed and turn and position them at least every two  (2) hours to help...
Auto Accidents

Clearwater, FL: Florida Man Arrested For DUI Twice In One Week

Frank Fernandez
Clearwater, FL (April 27, 2020) – A Florida man was arrested twice in the span of a single week for driving under the influence of alcohol.  The first offense took place on April 22, when Florida Highway Patrol troopers arrested 23-year-old Henry Francis Davis for fighting with another Clearwater driver. Before this arrest, Davis’ breath samples were approximately twice the legal limit. He was booked into jail and later let go on his own recognizance...
Auto Accidents

Orlando, FL: Vehicle Strikes 77-Year-Old Women in Fatal Accident

Frank Fernandez
Orlando, FL (April 28, 2020) –  At around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, a car struck a 77-year-old woman in Winter Park. The collision occurred at Orlando Avenue and West Morse Boulevard.  The crash caused a road closure as local police investigated the accident. On Wednesday, the victim was identified at Margaret Bachus. The team at Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys sends our thoughts to those impacted by this tragic accident.   Auto Accidents in...
Auto Accidents

Tampa, FL: Fatal Tampa Crash After Man Runs Red Light

Frank Fernandez
Tampa, FL (April 22, 2020) – On the evening of Friday, April 22, a Tampa man died in a car crash along State Road 574.  The crash occurred at approximately 8:40 p.m. A vehicle was traveling north on U.S. 301, while a sedan was traveling west on State Road 574 towards U.S. 301. The driver of the sedan ran a red light, causing a collision with the other vehicle. The sedan also collided with a...
Coronavirus COVID-19

Tampa, FL: New data shows Bristol at Tampa Rehabilitation nursing home with most COVID-19 cases

Frank Fernandez
Tampa, FL (April 28, 2020)  After repeated public record requests to state health officials to identify all nursing home and assisted living facilities with positive COVID-19 cases, the Florida Department of Health finally created a provisional report revealing the number of elderly residents and staff confirmed to have the deadly virus in each county.   Fifteen nursing homes and assisted living facilities are currently included on the latest DOH list for Hillsborough County. In Tampa, the...
Auto Accidents

St. Petersburg, FL: Driver Dies In Single-Vehicle Crash On Fourth Street N

Frank Fernandez
St. Petersburg, FL (April 24th) – On the afternoon of Friday, April 25th, a driver on Fourth Street N died from injuries incurred in a single-vehicle crash. The crash occurred in the 6700 block of Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg, FL around 5:23 p.m. The man was reported to be driving a 2015 Ford F150, traveling north. The vehicle then departed from the roadway, moving east. Before coming to a stop, the truck collided...