The Fernandez Firm are Florida nursing home abuse lawyers

Free Case Evaluation

Seeking an experienced Florida personal injury law firm? Our attorneys will review your case details and contact you in less than 24-hours. It’s that easy!

Tampa Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Everyday thousands of frail elderly people suffer from preventable bedsores, avoidable falls and needless abuse and neglect in nursing homes.  While most facilities advertise that they provide 24 hour, skilled-nursing care, in many instances, these same homes are under-insured and frequently understaffed, by underpaid and sometimes under qualified employees.

Federal law states that nursing home residents have “the right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical and mental abuse, corporal punishment, and involuntary seclusion.”  If you suspect nursing home abuse, consult with an experienced Tampa nursing home abuse lawyer to protect the abused resident’s rights.

Free Consultations.  We don’t get paid unless we Win... and we want to win!

Are you or someone you love the victim of nursing home abuse? If you have questions contact a Tampa, Florida nursing home abuse lawyer at the Fernandez Firm today.

There is no charge for our legal consultation and, if there is no recovery, there are no attorneys’ fees or costs due.

Tampa Attorneys Prosecuting Nursing Home Abuse

At the Fernandez Firm, our attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of helpless nursing home and assisted living facility residents injured by negligent heath care providers.  Whether the injury was a result of abuse, neglect, negligent supervision, etc., our law firm aggressively prosecutes nursing home abuse claims all over the state and have achieved excellent results:

  • $2.6 Million Verdict on behalf of the family of a 40-year-old single mother, whose wrongful death was caused by a negligent a speech therapist in St. Petersburg.

  • $2.3 Million on behalf of the family of a 92-year-old woman who died after being dumped from her wheelchair by a negligent nurse’s aide in Jacksonville.

  • $1.9 Million on behalf of  the widow of a 75-year-old man who died after developing multiple infected bedsores in a nursing home in Orlando.

What Constitutes Nursing Home Abuse?


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:

    1. Physical Abuse

    2. Verbal or Emotional Abuse

    3. Misuse of Physical Restraints

    4. Misuse of Chemical Restraints

    5. Physical or Medical Neglect

    6. Verbal or Emotional neglect

    7. 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:

    1. Bedsores (also called pressure sores or decubitus ulcers)

    2. Falls, fractures or head injuries

    3. Bed injuries/asphyxiation

    4. Malnutrition or dehydration

    5. Rapid weight loss or weight gain

    6. Emotionally upset or agitated, extremely withdrawn or non-communicative

    7. Infections

    8. Elopement/Instances of wandering

    9. Unexplained injuries, such as wounds, cuts, bruises, etc…

    10. 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.

Free Legal Consultations - Call Today!

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. 

At the Fernandez Firm, we don’t get paid unless we Win… and we want to win!



  • As a Connecticut trial lawyer, I have regularly referred a number of personal injury cases to the Fernandez Firm. As skillful and experienced Florida injury attorneys, their lawyers are attentive to our clients’ needs and committed to making their voices heard. I feel very confident that the clients I refer to the Fernandez Firm are in excellent hands.
    Attorney Eric Smith
    Stratton Faxon
    New Haven, CT
  • As a practicing Florida attorney, for more than a decade I have referred many injured clients to the Fernandez Firm. From start to finish, they devote significant attention to the needs of my clients, they keep me updated regularly on the progress of our cases and, due to their hard work and expertise, have achieved excellent results in settlement and at trial.
    J. Clancey Bounds
    Bounds Law Group
    Orlando, FL