Elderly Woman Dies After Months Of Neglect
Our elders deserve the best care after spending their entire lives caring for their families. While most people would love to have their elderly relatives stay with them in their golden years, sometimes the circumstances do not allow for this. When this happens, we look for the best place for them to receive the care they need. Most of the time, we are successful and find facilities that provide quality care; sometimes, however, the care leaves much to be desired. Sadly, sometimes the level of care is far below acceptable standards and in these situations a concern about medical malpractice arises. In one recent tragic case, an elderly woman was the victim of improper care at an assisted living facility and, according to reports, died as a result of the level of neglect she had suffered for the months leading up to her death. The poor woman had developed ulcers, or bedsores, on her body, which went without proper treatment; medical personnel speculated it could have taken months for the ulcers to form and get to the point they reached by the time the woman was transported to a local hospital for help. Unfortunately, the woman died eight days later.
Nursing Home Neglect – A Common Type Of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice comes in many forms, including errors made during surgery or medical procedures, failing to diagnose properly or in a timely manner urgent medical conditions, and prescription errors for incorrect medication, improper dosage, or failing to consider interactions with other prescription medications. Nursing home neglect can include components of these other types of medical malpractice or by simply failing to provide the proper care an elderly patient requires.
Preventing Elder Abuse In Florida
Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs seeks to prevent elder abuse of all types and has developed programs and services towards this goal. Their services include providing information on signs and symptoms of abuse, prevention, and how to proceed with reporting cases of suspected abuse. Reporting the abuse can be accomplished in a number of ways including by phone, fax, and online. Only through diligent efforts to report instances of suspected abuse will it be possible to protect our elders from these tragic and preventable scenarios.
Let Us Assist You Today
Preventing elder abuse is always the goal and the best we can hope for, but sometimes we find out about these situations after the fact and the damage has already begun. If a beloved family member or friend has been the victim of elder abuse or medical malpractice as a result of nursing home neglect , turn to the medical malpractice attorneys at Boone & Davis in Fort Lauderdale for caring and compassionate help with this serious legal matter. Our attorneys and staff will help you to understand your rights and responsibilities and will work towards getting you the relief and recovery you need. There is no reason to fight on your own – contact us by calling 954.556.5260 or visit us online to schedule your free consultation today.