Florida Woman Left in Bed, Dies From Decubitus Ulcers; Caretaker Arrested

In the Tampa, Florida home of Mary Winston, caretakers were hired to look after the elderly Florida woman. Despite the fact that the caretakers were required to turn and reposition their patient, the Florida home health aides neglected the elderly woman and left her in bed for over 3 years. As a result of the elder neglect, Mary Winston developed severe and lethal decubitus ulcers (what is a decubitus ulcer?). “The official report from detectives on the case provides chilling, disturbing details of how Mary’s life ticked by as she endured what some could surely call torture” the Tampa, Florida news source reports.

Deputies say one bed sore in her back was so deep at the time of her death, that it revealed her rib cage. Maggots were found on the outside and inside of her body. And when the coroner came to claim her body, her back was fused to the bed sheets.

This type of elder neglect is rampant across the U.S., and Florida has the highest amount of reported events of elder abuse. In fact, it is against the law for preventable decubitus ulcers to develop. A society can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. We have a duty to take care of our elderly at-risk citizens; especially when they cannot care for themselves or shift their own pressure. Decubitus ulcers are a tell tale sign of neglect because decubitus ulcers should never happen. If you know someone who developed a decubitus ulcer while under the care of a home health aide, or in a nursing home, A.L.F. or hospital, do something about the elder abuse. Complain to the medical provider in charge of the patient’s care, report the elder abuse and file a decubitus ulcer lawsuit.

How much does it cost to speak with a Florida Decubitus Ulcer Lawyer? The answer is usually $0 — most Florida Decubitus Ulcer Lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. Meaning the lawyer does not get paid unless you get paid. To learn more about your potential decubitus ulcer case from a qualified decubitus ulcer lawyer, call (561) 316-7207

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