Woman endures serious injuries, infections at Florida ALF

Location: Hillsborough County

Plaintiff: An 84-year-old woman
Defendant: An assisted living facility and its administrator
Amount: Confidential
Alleged Injuries:  Non-lethal negligence, lethal negligence and wrongful death in a case where a woman suffered serious injuries and infections at an ALF

Description: The plaintiff suffered pressure sores, falls, dehydration and malnutrition despite having a feeding tube, and infections such as MRSA (an antibiotic-resistant bacteria) and cellulitis (a life-threatening skin infection), while living at the ALF. The defendants failed to monitor significant signs and symptoms of change in the plaintiff’s condition and to adequately respond. They also endangered residents, including the plaintiff, by failing to use reasonable care in accepting and keeping residents based on desired payer sources, coupled with high acuity and rehabilitation needs, which allow for higher billing without regard to whether the staff could meet the residents’ needs. The Defendants further endangered residents by failing to adjust staffing levels to meet the needs of the residents, including the plaintiff.

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