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Nursing Home Injuries: Bedsores & Infection
HANDLING CASES OF NURSING HOME NEGLECT
Resulting from sustained pressure on the skin, bedsores – also called pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers – are injuries that most commonly affect patients with medical conditions that inhibit their ability to change position frequently, and/or who are confined to a bed or chair. Additionally, according to a 2004 study by the CDC, 1 in 10 nursing home residents suffer from bedsores. While most bedsores are treatable, some will never heal completely, leading to long-term pain and suffering. Consequently, it is crucial that medical providers and caregivers give patients the attentive care needed to prevent and treat pressure ulcers.
The most common areas susceptible to bedsores are on the body’s natural pressure points, such as:
- Heels, ankles, knees
- Hips and sacrum
- Spine and shoulder blades
- Ears and back or sides of the head
If you’re loved one has developed a bed sore or infection while in a care facility, our Tallahassee nursing home neglect lawyers can help you. Call (850) 222-2000.
HOLDING NEGLIGENT NURSING HOMES ACCOUNTABLE
Pressure ulcers can develop anywhere there is extended, uninterrupted pressure, especially when a patient is limited in their mobility. Additionally, bedsores can be caused by things like a too-tightly wrapped ankle or a tube from a catheter running under the body. Therefore, it is the duty of the medical professionals overseeing their care to ensure their patient’s risk of bedsores and infections are limited and any wounds the patient develops are treated promptly and appropriately.
However, if a nursing home or hospital is understaffed, overburdened or lacking in crucial resources, negligence can and does occur. Our medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers in Tallahassee, with 30 years of experience serving the local community, offer free initial consultations to answer your most pressing questions about nursing home claims.
GETTING LEGAL HELP
If you or a loved one has developed bedsores or infection because of the negligence of nursing home or hospital staff, call the Tallahassee nursing home neglect attorneys at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, P.A. Our highly-experienced team are dedicated to helping you recover any damages that result from medical malpractice, abuse or neglect.