It can be devastating to learn your family member was injured in an accident while living in a memory care facility charged with keeping them safe.
If your loved one suffered harm in a memory care facility accident, a Tampa lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you seek justice. We may be able to help you hold the facility responsible for your loved one’s accident and related expenses.
Accidents Can Happen When Staff Is Negligent
Alzheimer’s and dementia lead to a decline in memory, reasoning, and cognitive functioning. This can make it increasingly difficult for family members to care for and protect loved ones with these issues.
When you put your loved one in a memory care facility, you put your trust in the staff to see to their needs, which includes providing a structured, secure environment with safeguards for their health and wellbeing.
When memory care facilities and their staff do not properly execute the duty of care owed to their residents, accidents and injuries can occur. Staff negligence can lead to:
- Medication errors
- Cuts, burns, and bruises
- Infections and illnesses
- Hip fractures
- Broken limbs
- Head injuries
Our Lawyers Can Help You Hold the Memory Care Facility Financially Responsible
If the memory care facility and/or its staff’s negligence caused your family member’s injuries, you can seek reimbursement for medical care related to their accident. This may include the costs of:
- Emergency care
- Hospital stays
- Medical procedures
- Rehabilitative services
Accidents can also be traumatizing, leading to depression, mental anguish, and anxiety. They can also lead to lasting physical consequences and an overall decline in health, especially in the elderly.
We can help you seek awards for your loved one’s physical pain and emotional suffering. If your loved one’s injuries resulted in their death, we can help you pursue compensation with a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.
For a free legal consultation with a Tampa Memory Care Facility Accidents Lawyer serving Tampa, call (800) 842-6336
Our Firm’s Record of Success
Our firm has more than five decades of experience fighting against abuse and neglect in residential care facilities. We have handled more than 10,000 cases.
Our past case results include:
- $950,000 for a nursing home resident with dementia who suffered fall injuries
- $775,000 for a nursing home resident with bedsores
We understand what your family is going through, and we know what it takes to get you the awards that you may deserve.
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Proving Negligence in a Memory Care Facility Case
Our attorneys can help you prove that a deficiency in your loved one’s standard of care led to their accident. One way we can do this is by investigating whether the facility followed state guidelines for assisted living facilities.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), any facility in Florida that advertises special care for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s must:
- Have 24-hour staffing capabilities
- Have a staff member awake and on-duty at all hours, day and night, or have other methods in place to monitor the safety of residents
- Provide staff members who care for dementia patients with additional, specialized training
- Maintain a safe physical environment for residents with dementia
If the facility failed to adhere to these guidelines, our attorneys can use it as proof of negligence. Other examples of negligence may include:
- Failure to help your loved one with day-to-day tasks
- Failure to properly administer and/or monitor medications
- Failure to meet your loved one’s basic needs for food, shelter, health care, or hygiene
- Failure to provide your loved one with mobility assistance
Abuse and Neglect May Also Justify a Claim or Lawsuit
Memory care facility accidents can be the result of abuse. You may have cause for concern if your loved one has frequent or unexplained accidents and injuries, shows changes in behavior and/or signs of trauma, or seems afraid of or agitated by their caregivers.
If you suspect abuse, get help for your loved one right away. You can learn more about how to report a facility at Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). Abuse or neglect injuries may also warrant legal action.
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Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help You Stand Up for Your Loved One’s Rights
No one should be allowed to get away with harming those under their care and protection. Your family may deserve compensation for the harm your loved one suffered due to their facility’s negligence.
A memory care facility accident lawyer in Tampa from our firm can help you get started on your case by filing a claim with the care home’s insurance provider. Our team will take care of:
- Communicating with the insurance company
- Filing paperwork
- Submitting evidence
- Reviewing settlement offers
- Negotiating on your behalf
The Deadline to Sue in Florida
If we cannot achieve a satisfactory insurance settlement, we can take your case to civil court. According to Florida Statutes §400.0236, you generally have two years to seek damages in a lawsuit for injuries occurring in a long-term health care facility.
The clock on the statute of limitations begins when the injury occurs or when you first discover the injury. However, in the case of delayed discovery, there is an ultimate deadline that says you cannot bring a lawsuit more than four years from the date of the injury’s occurrence.
Some circumstances could alter these general deadlines.
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A memory care facility accident lawyer in Tampa from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you pursue financial awards at no upfront or out-of-pocket cost to you. We only collect a fee if we win a settlement or verdict in your favor.
Our firm does not shy away from tough cases. We will exhaust every potential avenue of compensation for you and your loved one. Call us today at (800) 842-6336 for a free case review.