Bedsores may be a sign of neglect in your elderly loved one’s nursing home. A bedsore, also called a pressure ulcer, is an area of the skin that is broken and may be infected, caused by unrelieved pressure, medication, humidity, medication, friction, or possibly age. Bedsores may develop on any part of the body but are particularly common on portions of the skin over bony areas or cartilage, such as the elbows, knees, elbows, or base of the spine. Bedsores from unrelieved pressure (as in the case of a bedridden patient) are preventable and may be treated fairly easily if caught early enough.
Untreated, however, bedsores may lead to infection and serious injury or death. In a nursing home, bedsores may develop if an elderly patient is bedridden and is not turned regularly to prevent continual, unrelieved pressure. If you have noticed that your elderly loved one is suffering from bedsores, please contact a lawyer at our offices as soon as possible. We can talk to you about this situation and determine whether you can file a lawsuit against the facility where this occurred.
A nursing home or caregiver at an assisted living facility may be negligent in allowing bedsores to develop in the first place or in failing to discover and properly treat these lesions. In these cases, you may be able to work with an attorney to take legal action against the facility in civil court. Penalties will be monetary in nature, meaning you may be able to recover financial compensation for your loved one’s injuries or for your loss. This can serve to bring the nursing home to justice for its negligence and also help you pay for medical expenses, rebuild, and recover.
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