Florida TBI Patients Abused at Rehabilitation Facility

rehab-abuse-in-florida-smallWhat to do if you Suspect Abuse

In the summer of 2012, a Bloomberg report was released exposing years of alleged abuse, assaults, and wrongful deaths of brain injured patients residing at the Florida Institute for Neurological Rehabilitation (FINR) in Wauchula. The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) received over 500 of complaints of abuse or neglect against FINR since 2005.  

Signs of Abuse

Not all patients who have experienced a traumatic brain injury may be able to speak out for themselves. Others may be afraid to speak out. Friends and family members of rehabilitation center residents should watch for common signs of abuse which often times include:

  • Sudden appearance of bruises, cuts, scratches
  • Changes in attitude/behavior
  • Unexplained weight loss/gain
  • Missing personal items from patient’s room
  • Staff refusing to leave the area during a visit

Reporting Abuse

If a patient complains of abuse or if abuse is otherwise suspected, friends and family members should consider speaking with the facility manager. If still unsatisfied or if the abuse appears to be immediate and severe, report the complaint through the each of the following channels:

  1. Local Police
  2. Florida State Regulatory Agencies*
  3. A personal injury attorney or law firm

*List of Primary Florida Managed Care / Rehabilitation Center Regulatory Agencies:

Facility Complaint Hotline:

1-888-419-3456

Complaint Hotline: 1-850-245-4339

Tampa Office: 1-813-233-2920

Main Office: 1-866-875-1794

All Calls (direct): 1-800-342-0823

Executive Director – Brian Lee: 1-850-224-3322

References:

AHCA – http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/contact/index.shtml
Disability Rights FL – http://www.disabilityrightsflorida.org/contact/contact_info
FL DOH – http://doh.state.fl.us/mqa/enforcement/enforce_complaint.html
Families for Better Care – http://familiesforbettercare.com/contact/

 

 

 

 

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