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Are bedsores an injury that act as grounds for a nursing home abuse claim to be filed?

Posted on June 22nd, 2020 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

 

 

Bedsores in elderly people, particularly those who are immobile, are very common. Even so, many of these painful sores are the result of neglect. When the right care is given to an elder, bedsores can be prevented. If a nursing home facility fails to provide the necessary care to a patient, their risk of having bedsores increases. 

 

As soon as a bedsore is noticed, it should be immediately treated. Otherwise, an infection and very intense pain can occur. If it is still not treated, or poorly treated, the patient can lose their life. If the aforementioned is true, a lawyer, like a nursing home lawyer from Darrell Castle, should be consulted. 

 

What is a Bedsore?

Bedsores are a form of skin ulcer that happen because of pressure placed on the area. Most of them develop on the bony areas of the body such as knees, ankles, tailbone, elbows, and hips. It is possible for bed sores to develop in other places, especially when the elder is completely immobile. 

 

Bedsores can range in their severity. It might be mild and display irritation and slight pain. Or, it could be a large wound that exposes the muscle, tissue, or even bone. Once the sore becomes an open wound, it is more likely for the patient to develop an infection or other serious side effects. 

 

Causes and Prevention of Bedsores

Around the areas prone to bedsores, there will be a limited supply of blood. Because of this, the skin is damaged. Over time, but a considerably short amount of time, bedsores can develop.

 

The best way to prevent bedsores is to move the patient every so often. Staff should reposition the patient, and do this whenever necessary. Special bedding, mattresses, chairs, and other equipment can also be used to prevent bedsores. 

 

Who Is Responsible for a Bedsore?

Bedsores can develop even when staff are properly caring for a patient. If the patient is improperly being cared for, or is otherwise neglected, the nursing home may be liable. Some of the most common reasons for a facility to be negligent include:

 

  • Inadequate staffing
  • Improper training
  • Failure to hire experienced or trained staff
  • Vicarious liability

 

Has Your Loved One Developed Bedsores in a Nursing Home? Do You Believe Neglect or Abuse is a Factor? 

If you believe your elderly loved one was neglected or abused in a nursing home, and because of these wrongful actions they developed bedsores, it may be a good idea to consult a nursing home abuse lawyer. He or she will listen to what is going on and advise you of what to do next. If you believe your loved one is in imminent danger, you need to get them to a safe place, or call 911. 

 

You likely have many unanswered questions and are confused about why your loved one has suffered such horrible pain. A good attorney can help you. Call a nursing home abuse lawyer to schedule a consultation today. 

 

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