When a certain part of the body has had pressure placed on it for too long, blood flow to that area can be slowed or cut-off. This leads to a sore or an ulcer on the skin, often found near the shoulders, elbows, spine, ankles, and heels.
Why are bedsores common in nursing homes?
Nursing home neglect
can lead to bedsores or pressure ulcers that may entitle you to file a claim on
behalf of your loved one.
What are bedsores and pressure ulcers?
When a certain part of the body has had pressure placed on it for too long, blood
flow to that area can be slowed or cut-off. This leads to a sore or an ulcer on
the skin, often found near the shoulders, elbows, spine, ankles, and heels.
It’s rare to see bedsores on people outside of nursing homes because most people
move around or adjust themselves when sitting or laying. Many elderly residents
in nursing homes are disabled or lack the ability to adjust themselves, causing
such sores and ulcers.
Upon placing your loved one in a nursing home, you are trusting that home will take
good care of them. It is the responsibility of the nurses and providers to assist
your loved one in moving and adjusting themselves so these bedsores and ulcers don’t
develop. Still, many residents in these homes are simply neglected by the home’s
staff. As a result, these residents end up in painful and even life-threatening
situations from their bedsores and ulcers.
This is wrong and can be fought against.
Neglect on behalf of the nursing home is a likely cause for bedsores. This can occur
- The medical team fails to check your loved one for sores, allowing the sores to
only get worse. Additionally, you as a family member are often left uniformed of
early development of sores.
- The medical team fails to move your elder or disabled loved one, allowing them to
sit in the same position repeatedly for long periods of time.
- The home staff hasn’t properly changed bedding, diapers, and other related items
that can lead to a neglectful amount of moisture build-up around the skin.
- Malnutrition – If your loved one is being left malnourished by the home, they are
at increased risks for sores as they are not receiving the proper amounts of food
Without notifying you, as a family member, of the sores, you are unable to inform
the doctors at the home on how to proceed with your preference of care. This can
leave your loved one untreated, only worsening their health as it can lead to horrific
problems such as gangrene. If your loved one hosts a bedsore, chances are that they
have been neglected or even abused. Furthermore, it is likely that the nursing home
has neglected them in many other ways from health, to nutrition, to many other factors.
Here at the Clinesmith Firm, we will review all potential cases that have resulted
from bedsores and ulcers upon your loved one. We will further investigate to see
if any further neglect or abuse has occurred with your loved one. These lawsuits
not only offer monetary compensation but also serve as punishment for homes that
are not following ethical, moral, and legal standards.
If you believe your loved one developed a bedsore while at or in a nursing home,
contact us as soon as possible. We will look over your case FOR FREE to see if you
are entitled to any claims of injury or neglect. You will not be billed for any
fees unless we take on your case and compensation is obtained. Contact us today
as the window to file your claim may close sooner than you think.