Broken hips or a broken pelvis can be extremely dangerous for a senior, but both are common fall injuries. If a member of your family suffered either of these injuries in a fall in their Tampa nursing home, you may be able to hold the facility and facility administrators accountable. A Tampa broken hips or pelvis lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may be able to file a lawsuit or take other action to help you recover compensation on your loved one’s behalf.
Call Distasio Law Firm today to speak with a member of our nursing home abuse team. We may also be able to help you navigate a broken hip injury that occurred in a slip and fall elsewhere in Tampa, such as at a nearby shop or restaurant.
The Risk of Hip Fracture Increases as You Age
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 300,000 people age 65 and older require hospitalization for hip fractures, with 95 percent of them suffering this type of fracture in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident. Most broken hips occur when the senior falls sideways, which could also lead to a broken pelvis.
These falls may occur when:
- The senior slips in a spill or on a slick surface.
- The senior trips over a hazard in the walkway.
- The senior falls when transferring to or from a wheelchair or walker.
- The senior falls while trying to go to the cafeteria or bathroom on their own because help was not available.
- The senior falls out of bed.
- Other situations when necessary support was not available.
Broken hips and pelvises make mobility difficult during healing and rehabilitation. Especially in the elderly and those in nursing homes, these injuries may lead to:
- Increased mobility issues
- Loss of independence and enjoyment of life
- Decreased quality of life
- Increased mortality
Whether your aging loved one fell in their nursing home, in an assisted living facility, or in another location in Tampa, we will review your case for free. If we believe you have enough evidence to show the property owner–or nursing home administration–could have prevented the fall, we will likely offer to handle your case on a contingency basis. We will commit both the financial resources and the time necessary to build a case and pursue accountability and compensation.
Enlist the help of a dedicated Tampa broken hips or pelvis attorney from Distasio Law Firm today. Get started by calling us for your complimentary case review and consultation with a member of our team.
Let Us Build a Case and Seek Justice for Your Loved One
Under Florida law, property owners and nursing home administrators have a duty to prevent injuries on their premises when possible. In fact, under Florida Statute 400.022, nursing homes must provide a safe living environment for all residents. If they fail to uphold this duty, they may face serious civil consequences, including having to cover the related expenses and losses.
At Distasio Law Firm, we know how difficult it can be to overcome a fall and broken hip or pelvis, especially for seniors with additional health concerns. We are committed to putting those who suffered injuries first in our practice. This means we may be able to handle the legal aspects of your case while you focus on getting your loved one the care they need and the quality of life they deserve.
You will work directly with an attorney in Tampa who will fight to hold the administrators of the nursing home or another liable party accountable and responsible for your loved one’s damages.
Pursuing Damages in a Tampa Slip and Fall in a Nursing Home or Other Location
When a senior falls and breaks a hip or their pelvis, it may affect all aspects of their everyday life. When Distasio Law Firm seeks compensation in this type of case, we look at many possible impacts of this type of injury, both today and in the future. Recoverable damages may include:
- Current and future medical expenses for treatment, rehabilitation, therapy, and psychological counseling, if necessary
- Replacement of damaged personal property
- Expenses related to moving the senior to another facility, if necessary
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to their injury or treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Statute of Limitations on Taking Legal Action in a Tampa Fall in a Nursing Home
The statute of limitations on filing a lawsuit based on a nursing home injury is generally two years from the discovery of the injury under Florida Statute 400.0236. If the fall occurred elsewhere, you may have up to 4 years from the date it occurred. However, there are exceptions to these rules. Do not hesitate to call no matter when the fall occurred but call as soon as you can.
A member of the Distasio Law Firm team in Tampa will review your broken hips or pelvis case and determine if you have enough evidence available and meet the time constraints to pursue legal action. If so, we may be able to take action for your loved one without any out-of-pocket expense to you or your family.
Speak with a Tampa Broken Hips or Pelvis Attorney After a Fall
If you or an aging loved one suffered a broken hip or pelvis in a fall, you may be able to hold those who own the property, occupy the property, or oversee the property responsible. This includes owners of restaurants and shops and administrators of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
A Tampa broken hips or pelvis lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may be able to build a case for compensation, either through an insurance claim or a civil trial. Let a member of our team review your case today for free. We have someone available to discuss your case with you now.
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