Bradenton UTI Attorney
The idea of nursing home abuse and neglect often conjures up images of horrific physical injuries, but there are numerous forms of mistreatment that can lead to harm for a loved one in a Florida assisted living center. According to an article published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the most common and preventable issues is urinary tract infection (UTI). This ailment is the second most frequently occurring infection in long-term care facilities, and the top reason that residents are hospitalized for infection. Because UTI may not be immediately visible and your loved one may not be able to communicate pain, you might feel powerless to address the situation.
At Kohn Law, our team understands how you could be overwhelmed and angry upon discovering that someone close to you developed UTI in a nursing home. However, you may be relieved to know that you have legal options to seek justice and monetary damages on your loved one’s behalf. Please contact us to schedule a free case evaluation with a Bradenton UTI attorney, and check out a few basics.
How do Nursing Home Residents Contract UTIs
Certain infections are common among residents because of their overall state of health and vulnerability. A UTI can develop in a person who recently took antibiotics, was hospitalized, has diabetes, or other medical conditions. However, UTI can also be the result of misconduct by the assisted living center, especially carelessness and neglect. Examples include:
- Unclean, unsanitary conditions in common areas and resident living spaces;
- Improper insertion of a catheter; or
- Neglecting to change a resident’s incontinence briefs.
It is important for family members to be able to identify the symptoms of UTI, which may include fever, discomfort in the lower pelvis, chills, and other signs. Plus, your loved one may experience pain or burning when urinating, and urinating frequently.
Take Legal Action on Behalf of Your Loved One
If you suspect that your loved one’s UTI could be the result of nursing home negligence, it is important to contact our Bradenton UTI lawyers at Kohn Law right away. We can advise you on getting the resident to safety and notifying Florida officials about potential misconduct. Then, we can turn to your legal remedies to recover compensation for such losses as medical care to treat UTI, and pain and suffering. We will advocate on your behalf by:
- Alerting the assisted living facility about the circumstances and your intent to pursue legal remedies;
- Investigating the circumstances surrounding the UTI, such as medical records and staffing schedules;
- Communicating your demand for compensation and discussing settlement options;
- Filing a complaint in court if the nursing home refuses to settle for a fair, reasonable amount; and
- Advocating on your behalf at a nursing home abuse and neglect trial.
Speak to a Bradenton UTI Attorney About Your Legal Rights and Remedies
To learn more about your legal remedies, please contact Kohn Law to set up a complimentary consultation with one of our Bradenton UTI lawyers. We can advise you on next steps after reviewing the details of your case.