Bedsores, also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, are one of the most common signs of nursing home neglect. These sores form when there is unrelieved pressure on different areas of the body, typically as a result of sitting or lying in one position for prolonged periods of time. To prevent bedsores, nursing homes and assisted living facility staff should ensure that bedridden and wheelchair-bound residents are properly and periodically rotated or moved. When they fail to do so, and an individual develops bedsores as a result, the caregiver or facility can be held legally responsible.
If your elderly loved one developed bedsores or suffered from advanced, untreated pressure ulcers while being cared for by a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility, Lanzone Morgan can help. Our California bedsores attorneys have successfully represented hundreds of families throughout the state, recovering fair financial compensation for injured seniors and their loved ones. Get in touch with us today to learn how we can help you hold the liable party accountable for the pain, suffering, and financial costs associated with your loved one’s bedsore injuries.
Bedsores are very painful, open wounds that form on the body as a result of prolonged, unrelieved pressure. As blood flow to various areas of the body decreases due to extended pressure, painful ulcers form. Left untreated, these ulcers can progress to more advanced stages, which may lead to significant health complications and, in the worst cases, death.
Individuals who are most at risk of developing bedsores include those who are bedridden, wheelchair-bound, or have physical limitations that prevent them from moving frequently. Bedsores most frequently form on specific pressure points and bony areas, including the back of the head, tailbone, sacrum, back, shoulders, elbows, hips, and heels.
There are four stages of bedsores, beginning from mildest to most severe:
As bedsores progress to more advanced stages, the risk of morbidity increases. Bedsores are also associated with numerous complications, such as abscesses, reduced mobility, and various infections, including bacterial infection, cellulitis, and sepsis, among others.
Because bedsores have such great potential to result in very serious or even fatal injury, it is imperative that they be identified and treated as soon as possible.
Common warning signs of pressure sores include:
At any stage, bedsores are a sign of neglect. In the simplest terms, bedsores are caused by unrelieved pressure on various areas of the body, which commonly results from caregivers and nursing home staff failing to properly rotate residents. However, bedsores are also associated with numerous other risk factors and concerns, many of which point to abuse and neglect.
Some issues associated with bedsores that could indicate nursing home abuse and/or neglect include:
Untreated and/or advanced bedsores are generally always a sign of nursing home abuse. No resident should ever suffer severe bedsores or related complications, including death, while in the care of an assisted living facility.
In many cases, nursing homes and other elder care facilities are legally responsible for bedsores. These facilities have a responsibility to properly care for residents’ needs and prevent severe injuries. Failure to do so for any reason could constitute negligence.
At Lanzone Morgan, our California bedsores lawyers conduct exhaustive investigations to determine exactly who is liable for your loved one’s injuries and/or death, whether it’s an individual caregiver or the facility that employed them. We have extensive experience navigating complex nursing home abuse and neglect cases and have successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
Our firm can help you seek fair financial compensation for medical expenses associated with treatment for nursing home bedsores and related complications, as well as additional damages, including pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life, lost income, and more.