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TAMPA BAY NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT

At Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm, we stand up for the rights of nursing home residents to have a safe and healthy environment and treatment. When a facility engages in harmful abuse or neglect, our Tampa Bay nursing home injury lawyers are ready to fight for full accountability and compensation. Reach out today to discuss your situation and concerns.

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Nursing Homes in Tampa Bay

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In the United States today, over thirty-six million people are over 65, and almost 21 percent of Florida residents are older than 65. Tampa Bay has many options for nursing homes when it comes time for a loved one to receive full-time care. Unfortunately, between one and two million Americans ages 65 or older suffer abuse in some way or another each year, and many cases happen in nursing homes.

Some facilities include:

  • Tampa Community Hospital
  • Woodbridge Care Center
  • Manorcare Health Services
  • Palm Garden of Tampa
  • Bayshore Pointe Nursing and Rehab Center
  • Canterbury Towers
  • Brighton Gardens
  • Carrollwood Care Center

The average cost of a nursing home in Tampa is $9,946 per month, which is higher than the national and Florida state averages. If your loved one is paying for proper care, they should not suffer preventable injuries or medical conditions due to neglect or abuse.

Our Tampa Bay nursing home neglect and abuse lawyers are not hesitant to stand up to nursing homes in the area and fight for compensation. Reach out today for more information.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

As our loved ones enter the later stages of their lives, we often have the responsibility to provide them with the best care we can find. At Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm, we understand that despite the most thorough research and most careful planning, your loved ones can still find themselves victims of nursing home abuse. Nursing home abuse can occur at even the most highly rated care homes.

The families of loved ones in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities do everything they can to ensure the best treatment of their elders, but sometimes the abuse is carefully concealed and can even go unnoticed for months.

If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, The Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm can help your loved one receive the compensation they deserve.

Neglect & Abuse in Tampa Bay Nursing Homes

Nursing home abuse is often difficult to uncover. Due to the nature of the abuse, the behavior can often go unnoticed for significant periods. Residents of nursing homes are at a much higher risk of sustaining life-threatening injuries from abuse. The more time that passes between the start of abusive behavior and its discovery, the more likely a victim is to sustain injuries that are impossible to recover from.

Nursing home abuse can take many forms. The Florida nursing home abuse lawyers at the Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm think it’s vitally important for families to be aware of these types of abuse and the signs associated with them.

Nursing Home Neglect

Neglect happens when staff members fail to provide the necessary care for a resident’s physical and mental well-being.

This negligence can involve:

  • Withholding medication

  • Overmedication 

  • Errors in medication administration

  • Unsanitary living conditions 

  • Neglect of residents’ basic hygiene needs

  • Not responding to medical needs

  • Inadequate nutrition or hydration

  • Not addressing social or emotional needs

  • Failing to supervise or assist residents when necessary

  • Not preventing or treating bedsores or pressure ulcers

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is one of the easier to uncover. The resident often sustains visible wounds or external appearances that their family members notice.

Harm resulting from physical abuse can include:

  • Bruises

  • Head injuries

  • Broken bones

  • Lacerations

If your loved one has injuries in various stages of healing, or the nursing home does not provide a proper explanation for physical injuries, your loved one might be the victim of abuse.

Sexual Abuse

Staff members, other residents, or visitors to the nursing home can abuse you or your loved one. This can involve sexual assault, exposing a resident’s genitals, showing them graphic sexual images, unwanted touching, and more. Sexual abuse can result in genital injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, emotional trauma, and other injuries.

  • Bruises

  • Head injuries

  • Broken bones

  • Lacerations

If your loved one has injuries in various stages of healing, or the nursing home does not provide a proper explanation for physical injuries, your loved one might be the victim of abuse.

Emotional Abuse

Even if there are no visible injuries, emotional abuse of nursing home residents can cause serious problems. Staff might humiliate, ridicule, insult, threaten, or otherwise emotionally traumatize residents. Emotional abuse can often cause mental regression or deterioration, social withdrawal, fearfulness, and other harmful mental conditions in residents.

  • Withholding medication

  • Overmedication 

  • Errors in medication administration

  • Unsanitary living conditions 

  • Neglect of residents’ basic hygiene needs

  • Not responding to medical needs

  • Inadequate nutrition or hydration

  • Not addressing social or emotional needs

  • Failing to supervise or assist residents when necessary

  • Not preventing or treating bedsores or pressure ulcers

We Fight For You

While our legal team can never guarantee the outcome of a lawsuit, we can assure you that our team of aggressive personal injury attorneys will work tirelessly on your nursing home abuse claim. As our client, we will provide you with advice and assist you in any decision-making you face. Further, we provide updates throughout every phase of your case.

Though we cannot accept every case, we never charge for consultations regarding your claim. In all the cases we accept, the Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm will always provide you with the skilled advocates you need and top-notch representation.

You and your family can focus on your recovery as we work tirelessly to recover what you rightfully deserve for your injuries. Our skilled team of lawyers will fight for your rights and compensation.

Injured?

If you or someone you love is experiencing nursing home abuse and neglect, please contact our offices.

call 727.849.5353
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FAQ

Nursing home patients are protected by both federal and state law. These rights ensure each resident has safe, adequate, and appropriate care. Florida law provides for redress for violations of residents’ rights.

Some of these rights include the right to:

  • Receive adequate and appropriate healthcare, protective, and support services
  • Be treated courteously, fairly, and with the fullest measure of dignity
  • Be free from mental and physical abuse
  • Be adequately informed of his or her condition and proposed treatment.
  • Examine the results of the most recent inspection of the nursing home facility conducted by a federal or state agency.

If you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, contact Lucas, Macyszyn & Dyer Law Firm. We understand that you, as your elder’s caretaker, are in a difficult situation when you believe that the nursing facility you entrusted to care for your loved one has failed you. We are here to advocate for you and your loved one personally and to obtain just compensation if nursing home abuse has occurred.

Once you suspect that your loved one is being abused, begin to compile and record any photographs, suspicious medical records, injuries, or observations you learn about. When you come to see us about your potential nursing home abuse case, it is important to bring any and all documentation you have that abuse has occurred.

Nursing home residents might not report abuse for various reasons, including cognitive deficiencies or fear of retaliation by staff members.

As a loved one of a nursing home resident, watch for signs of neglect or abuse, including:

  • Multiple traumatic injuries
  • Avoidable medical complications
  • Overdosing on medication
  • Withdrawal and social isolation
  • Staff members will not allow you to visit your loved one alone
  • Fearfulness of staff members
  • Childlike regression
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Dirty clothes or bedding
  • Other emotional or physical changes without explanation
The Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm’s legal team has attorneys who are Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers and National Board of Trial Advocacy Civil Trial Lawyers. This Double Board Certification is a distinction of experience in specialized skills, knowledge, and proficiency within the field of personal injury. A Board Certified Specialist can make a huge difference when you need to retain a Personal Injury Attorney.

Florida Board Certification is a volunteer program recognition of specialist or expert based on the attorney’s experience requiring:

  • The practice of law for at least five years;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of civil trial law 50 percent or more during the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Handling of at least 15 contested civil cases, including cases before juries as lead counsel and as the trier of fact on some or all of the issues;
  • 50 hours of approved civil trial law certification continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Peer review; and,
  • A written examination.

You can trust our team of injury specialists to protect you and your loved ones.