The healthcare industry is heavily regulated in an attempt to protect patient safety. Doctors and nurses are required to possess a certain amount of education and training, and the facilities themselves must be up to industry standards. Despite regulatory efforts, though, many Floridians are left susceptible to hospital negligence, oftentimes suffering injuries and death.

One family has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after their loved one was found to have maggots in her mouth. According to the claim, the 76-year-old woman was hospitalized and intubated after suffering from a heart attack and respiratory troubles. Although medical professionals were supposed to provide oral care every two hours, the claim says that they failed to do so, resulting in the need for nurses to suction out the maggots. The lawsuit claims that, as a result, the woman was abused and suffered from intentional affliction of emotional distress.

This particular set of circumstances may seem pretty rare, but the underlying neglect is an all too common theme in American healthcare. Doctors and nurses who neglect their duties, or who carry out their tasks in a negligent or reckless fashion, can place patients in harm’s way. These victims may be left with a worsened medical condition, permanent disability, disfigurement or a fatal condition.

Trying to recover from such harm can be emotionally devastating and financially catastrophic. Victims may be unable to work and earn a wage at a time when medical bills come due, and rehabilitation costs can be long-lasting. Due to the serious extent of such damages, many Floridians in these situations may benefit by filing a medical malpractice claim, seeking compensation.

Source: Clay Today, “Family suing Clay hospital for malpractice,” Jesse Hollett and Eric Cravey, July 6, 2016