In Florida, nursing home abuse or assisted living facility neglect may involve deliberate acts against a resident or a failure to act in a resident’s best interest. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has identified seven basic forms of abuse and neglect that can occur:
Verbal or Emotional Abuse
Misuse of Physical Restraints
Misuse of Chemical Restraints
Physical or Medical Neglect
Verbal or Emotional neglect
Abuse of the Resident's Personal Property
Most abuse and neglect occurs in long-term care facilities which are understaffed and overcrowded where there are too few caregivers and too many residents with varying medical problems and personal needs.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse in Tampa
Nearly 72 thousand residents live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities in the state. Sadly, abuse and neglect in many of these facilities is on the rise. Some of the most common signs of abuse and neglect one should recognized are the following:
Bedsores (also called pressure sores or decubitus ulcers)
Falls, fractures or head injuries
Malnutrition or dehydration
Rapid weight loss or weight gain
Emotionally upset or agitated, extremely withdrawn or non-communicative
Elopement/Instances of wandering
Unexplained injuries, such as wounds, cuts, bruises, etc…
Unexpected death of a resident
Often family members are reluctant to question health care providers and investigate common signs of abuse or when seek complete answers when an unexplained death occurs. Over the years, our managing partner, Tampa injury lawyer Frank Fernandez, has investigated hundreds of Tampa nursing home abuse claims and through aggressive litigation skills has successfully forced billion dollar corporate owned facilities to pay tens of millions of dollars to resolve such lawsuits.
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If your loved one has been abused in a nursing home or assisted living facility in Florida, contact our law office today at 1-800-222-8163. Our Tampa nursing home abuse law firm is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your legal options and the consultation is absolutely FREE.
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