Tampa Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
At the Fernandez Firm, our Tampa nursing home abuse attorneys have been prosecuting negligent facilities and their staff for more than two decades. Over the years, our team of personal injury attorneys have recovered over $90 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients and obtained significant multi-million-dollar awards on behalf of victims injured by nursing home abuse and neglect throughout the State of Florida.
Have you or someone you love suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home or assisted living facility in Tampa? If you suspect neglect or abuse, please fill out our free case evaluation form to see if our nursing home abuse attorneys can assist you in pursuing legal action against a negligent facility. Our goal as your attorneys is to not only to help victims of nursing home abuse to recover compensation when they have been wrongfully injured but is also to deter these healthcare facilities from engaging in negligent conduct in the future.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Nearly 72 thousand residents live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities in the State of Florida. Sadly, abuse and neglect in many of these facilities is on the rise. Some of the most common signs of abuse and neglect are:
- Bedsores (also called pressure sores or decubitus ulcers)
- Falls, fractures or head injuries
- Bed injuries/asphyxiation
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Rapid weight loss or weight gain
- Emotionally upset or agitated, extremely withdrawn or non-communicative
- Unexplained injury, such as wounds, cuts, bruises, etc
- Unexpected or unexplained death
Often family members are reluctant to question health care providers about signs of abuse or seek complete answers when an unexplained injury or death occurs. Over the years, managing partner, Tampa injury lawyer Frank Fernandez, has investigated hundreds of Tampa nursing home abuse claims. Through aggressive litigation skills he has successfully forced billion-dollar corporate-owned facilities to pay tens of millions of dollars to resolve such lawsuits.
What Constitutes Abuse and Neglect?
Abuse and neglect in nursing homes and assisted living facilities can include deliberate acts or, most often, the failure to act in an elderly resident’s best interest. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the following are the most common forms of abuse and neglect:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional and verbal abuse
- Misapplication of physical restraints
- Misapplication of chemical restraints
- Medical or physical neglect
- Emotional or verbal neglect
- Abuse of the Resident’s Personal Property
Frequently, neglect and abuse occur when these long-term care facilities are understaffed and overcrowded with residents of varying medical problems and personal needs. Sadly, many victims are simply ignored and at the mercy of those entrusted with their care. If you have questions about an injury sustained by someone you know in a Tampa nursing home or assisted living facility, our attorneys are always available to answer your questions and an online case consultation or call are free.
Nursing Home Abuse Questions – Call today!
Are you or someone you love the victim of nursing home abuse in Tampa, Florida? If you suspect abuse or neglect and have questions, please contact a nursing home lawyer at the Fernandez Firm today at 1-800-222-8163. There is no charge for our legal consultation and, if there is no recovery, there are no attorneys’ fees or costs due.
At the Fernandez Firm, we don’t get paid unless we win… and we want to win!