Bedsores are a telltale indication of nursing home neglect. These painful and potentially life-threatening wounds are common in bedridden patients, but by no means inevitable. In many cases, bedsores result from a combination of substandard medical care, poor nutrition and failure to reposition the person at standard intervals.
If your loved one has developed bedsores, you are right to be suspicious and concerned for his or her health. The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, can investigate to determine if your loved one is getting the mandated care and, if not, pursue civil action to hold the facility accountable under the law.
Bedsores are also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers. They are caused by lack of blood flow to the skin, most commonly on bony protrusions and pressure points such as the elbows, tailbone, pelvis, heels and shoulder blades.
Most elderly people do not develop bedsores if they are able to walk or reposition themselves. However, residents who are paralyzed, frail of otherwise immobile are dependent on staff members to move their bodies. Industry standards recommend that bedridden patients be turned every few hours to relieve the pressure and stimulate circulation.
Bedsores are progressive, beginning as redness or swelling and then developing into open sores. In advanced stages, the deep wounds may expose underlying muscle or bone. Severe bed sores are very painful and prone to infection. Without proper treatment they can lead to sepsis, gangrene or death.
Substandard medical care increases the risk of developing bedsores. Examples of the negligence and neglect that allow pressure ulcers to develop and worsen include:
Personal Injury Attorney Richard Jaffe and his team have long experience with nursing home negligence cases. We can step in to make sure that your loved one gets prompt medical treatment and the level of care mandated by law. We can also pursue compensation for the injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Our Long Island nursing home abuse lawyers offer a free initial consultation. If we pursue a civil action against the nursing home, there are no attorney fees unless we recover compensation.
Call our New Hyde Park law firm at 800-758-4403 or contact us online. We speak Spanish and Russian.