St. Petersburg Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
With nearly 700 nursing homes in Florida providing over 84,400 beds and serving an estimated 71,000 people, according to the Florida Health Care Association, there is no doubt that nursing homes serve an important need in St. Petersburg and surrounding areas of our state. But as well-intentioned as many nursing homes surely are, nursing home abuse and neglect remain rampant problems within nursing home facilities. If your loved one has suffered harm as a result of nursing home abuse, our experienced St. Petersburg nursing home abuse lawyers can help.
What Is Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home abuse occurs when a nursing home staff member actively and intentionally takes abusive actions against a nursing home resident. This might include physical abuse, such as hitting, kicking, improperly restraining or medicating, or biting a patient; sexual abuse, such as forcing the nursing home resident to participate in sexual acts against their will (this is also a crime); emotional abuse, including social isolation, humiliation (including photographing the resident in private conditions against their will), or bullying the resident; and financial exploitation, which occurs when a nursing home staff member takes advantages of a resident financially, such as making cash withdrawals for personal gain.
Another serious concern in nursing homes is nursing home neglect, or negligence. This occurs when nursing homes fail to provide residents with the standard of care that they are owed. Bedsores, medication errors, slip and fall-related accidents, and more may all be a result of nursing home negligence.
The Benefits of Pursuing a Nursing Home Abuse Case
Nursing home abuse and neglect are absolutely unacceptable – those who are confined to a nursing home and rely on others as such deserve to be treated with a high standard of care. When this standard of care is breached, a resident could suffer extreme harm as a result, including an increased risk of death. By filing a nursing home abuse case against the responsible nursing home (or staff member), you can seek financial compensation for harm and damages suffered.
In addition to recovering monetary compensation, though, filing a nursing home abuse claim may also deter the nursing home/staff from committing future acts of abuse/neglect in the future. What’s more, filing a nursing home abuse claim may also provide a sense of closure and justice.
Our St. Petersburg Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Are Here to Help
If you or a loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, it’s important to work with an attorney who has handled cases like yours in the past and knows what you’re up against. At The Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group, our St. Petersburg nursing home abuse lawyers are passionate about standing up for those who need our help the most, and there is no group more vulnerable than the elderly. To learn more about nursing home abuse claims and how our law firm can serve you, please reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation.