Tampa Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
At The Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group we understand how difficult it can be when the time comes to move a loved one into a nursing home. When that time comes, families naturally expect their loved ones will be cared for by professional and qualified people and according to appropriate guidelines, medical standards, laws and regulations. Contact our Tampa nursing home abuse lawyer.
Unfortunately, there are times when hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities do not abide by the common standards of care or even the legal standards of care. When this happens, patients and their health are put at risk and a family’s trust is broken. Current estimates reveal that one out of three nursing homes and long term care facilities in the United States is cited for infractions or abuse when inspected. There are estimates that indicate up to 90% of assisted living facilities or nursing homes are understaffed, sometimes to a point where care is compromised or substandard. Studies indicate that residents get an average of 3.7 hours of direct care each day while in a nursing home. For some, their health and other issues simply require more than that. With so many families dependent on medical care and long term help, they deserve to know their loved ones are getting the ultimate in care and assistance.
Our Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Help
While understaffing is often the source of neglect, there are much darker reasons some families need legal help to ensure their loved ones are cared for properly or that they receive compensation for inadequate care. There are countless situations where nursing home aids and workers have been discovered to have criminal records or they have been prosecuted for crimes pertaining to their actions while working in a nursing home or assisted living facility. There are also thousands of death certificates that come to light that may be indicative of prolonged or systematic neglect. When death certificates systematically indicate dehydration, malnutrition and bed sores have played a role in the death of a patient, there may be cause for concern that a loved one has been neglected. Contact our Tampa nursing home abuse lawyers for more information. Some of the most common neglect cases we have investigated and sought compensation for include:
- Bed sores
- Abuse and restraint
- Restraint injuries and strangulation
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Falls and fractures
- Wandering or leaving the facility
- Prescription errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Wrongful death
Neglect and even abusive treatment by staff members may be grossly underreported and difficult to pinpoint what affects that neglect or abuse may have had on a loved one’s health. However, this in no way means families should not try and prevent further neglect or abuse. Taking legal action when neglect or abuse is suspected can garner monetary damages for families. That compensation may be needed to secure long term medical care elsewhere. Damages may also help families deal with any new health issues that may have arisen as a result of neglect or abuse. Finally, and just as importantly, legal action against a facility to stop abuse or neglect can protect current and future patients from suffering the same fate.
Call us today for a Free Tampa Nursing Home Neglect Case Consultation
If you have a family member or loved one in a nursing home, hospital or long term care facility and abuse or neglect is suspected, the skilled and compassionate nursing home abuse lawyers at The Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group may be able to help halt further abuse and neglect and help families win damages to protect those loved ones.