Bedsores: Nursing Home & Hospital Lawsuits
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You may have a significant lawsuit against a nursing home or hospital if you or a loved one are the victims of negligence. Bedsores or pressure sores can be painful and deadly and there are federal laws in place to protect you.
Bedsores are most often a sign of neglect and can be the result of hospital malpractice, nurse malpractice, or nursing home negligence.
Medical negligence by a hospital, doctor, nurse, the medical technician is unacceptable and may cause pain, suffering, or death to the patient.
How can this happen?
Often due to the lower staffing in nursing homes, patients are forced to wait longer for care, such as the changing of soiled linens and clothes, or being repositioned in a bed or wheelchair. If a person cannot change themselves then they are forced to sit or lay in their own urine until a caregiver arrives. While the elderly wait in their urine their skin is being weakened by the moisture making them more susceptible to bedsores. And sadly, bedsores are the underlying cause of death for several thousand Americans each year.
What are Bedsores?
Bedsores, also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers, are areas of damaged skin and tissue that develop when sustained pressure - usually from lying in a bed or sitting in a wheelchair - cuts off circulation to vulnerable parts of your body. Bedsores are preventable. Essentially, when people who are entrusted with the care of those who lack the mobility to move themselves shirk their responsibilities, then the immobile develop bedsores. Without adequate blood flow, which would occur in the turning and moving of a susceptible population, the affected tissue dies.
Bedsores can develop quickly, progress rapidly, and are often difficult to heal. Caring for bedsores and pressure sores can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Health experts agree that bedsores do not have to occur. Preventive measures while in a nursing home or hospital are your legal right and can help maintain the skin's integrity and health through proper blood flow. When the proper measures aren't taken, you are the victim of abuse and may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, hospital, or other care facility, check that person's skin condition, weight, and general care every time you visit.
If you notice any sign of bedsores or neglect, alert the nursing staff and attending physician or nursing home director immediately. You and other family members are in the best position to monitor and assess a loved one's condition. Be persistent, because if the administration and staff are slow to respond your loved one could develop bedsores.
Bedsores are a sign of neglect!
If you have a loved one who is being neglected your first step is to correct the situation. If that's difficult for you to handle we can help you. Also, give us a call to see if you have a valid lawsuit.
All calls are confidential. Find out your rights and options today without any obligation. Our malpractice attorneys have successfully litigated hundreds of bedsore cases and won millions of dollars for clients. If pursuing a lawsuit you need bedsore lawyers with experience and knowledge of the system as well as the expertise to handle nursing homes, hospitals, and insurance company lawyers.
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