Hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities across Florida are highly regulated. They shoulder important responsibilities in caring for some of the most vulnerable members of society. And they're subject to strict licensing and reporting requirements.
When a patient mysteriously passes away — or suffers unexplained injuries — the facility can't just look the other way. Any death in a nursing home or assisted living facility must be reported. The staff must follow detailed protocols to avoid tampering with the scene. Multiple agencies may be involved in a subsequent investigation — including the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Florida Department of Children and Family, local law enforcement and the county medical examiner's office.
Getting To The Bottom Of Suspicious Circumstances
All too often, these facilities try to avoid accountability by sweeping suspicious circumstances under the rug. They don't want to risk their finances or reputation by admitting wrongdoing. Instead, they may try to blame it on the patient's underlying health condition or other causes that don't stand up to scrutiny. Their explanations may be vague or full of holes.
Let Us Help
If you feel like you're not getting clear answers, contact our lawyers at Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A. We'll take your concerns seriously. With 40-plus years of experience, our attorneys know what to look for in these situations. You can count on us to conduct a proper investigation and get to the bottom of what happened.
We have handled many cases of mysterious injuries or wrongful deaths that turned out to involve:
- Physical abuse by staff members or other residents
- Sexual assault
- Falls resulting from inadequate supervision
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Severe bedsores
- Untreated infections
- Other types of abuse or neglect
We know what a nightmare it is to learn that your loved one has been mistreated. Our lawyers will work tirelessly to hold the responsible parties accountable. We will also pursue every avenue for getting you the compensation, answers and closure you deserve.
To learn more, contact our office in the Miami area at 305-670-2000 or send us an email. It won't cost you anything upfront. We only get paid if you do.