Bedsores, pressure ulcers, pressure sores, and decubitus ulcers can be painful, deadly, and damaging to your health. A person with bedsores is at risk for deadly infections. However, most bedsores can be avoided, especially in the case of nursing home residents who do not receive proper care. If you or your loved one is suffering from bedsores due to the negligence of someone else, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the hospital, assisted living facility, nursing home or group home to recover compensation for your loses. Typically, damages in such cases are obtained for:
- Emotional loss in the case of a death
- Medical expenses
The Visible Signs of Neglect Can Take Their Toll
A bedsore is usually the first sign of neglect in medical facilities. Typically, the bedsores are the result of malpractice or negligence. Bedsores tend to develop due to a poor standard of care to a patient who has mobility issues due to either a medical condition or their age. When a patient is being cared for by medical professionals, then entrust the nurses, doctor’s aides, and all the other healthcare providers, as well as the actual facility, to provide the best care they can.
Sadly, some ulcers are an underlying cause of an infection that may lead to the death of a patient in a medical care facility. In fact, bedsores are never the fault of the patient, but almost always the result of the medical staff and facility’s negligence. This is unacceptable.
Most bedsores will develop quickly and progress at an alarming rate. Yet, nurses and doctors often fail to report the bedsores to a patient’s family. Whenever a medical facility, nursing home or hospital denies liability for a situation, it should never put a victim or their loved ones off from seeking the justice and compensation they deserve. All too often, the facility will discharge the patient or refer them elsewhere as a way of passing the responsibility to someone else.
Why Are Bedsore Preventable?
Firstly, what is a bedsore? It is an area of damaged skin and tissue that typically occurs as a result of constant pressure to the area. It often involves lying or sitting in one position in a wheelchair, chair or on a bed. The lack of movement restricts the patient’s blood flow and circulation to vulnerable parts of the body which results in the development of bedsores. When circulation becomes compromised, the affected tissue dies off, produce that ulcerate sore. There are 4 stages of bedsores:
- During the early stage, the bedsore can be treated simply by repositioning the patient
- Medical devices can be used when moving the patient
- Patients can frequently be moved from bed to chair and vice versa
- By stage 3 and 4, the condition becomes serious and can take months to heal
Without the proper treatment of even the smallest of bedsores, infections can occur, leading to not only severe medical conditions, but also death.
The Emotional and Financial Costs Involved
Treating most bedsores can rack up into the tens of thousands of dollars. Often, the medical facility is found to be responsible as it failed to provide adequate staffing for the patient’s needs. This means patients must wait longer to be cared for, be it changing linens and soiled clothing or repositioning in a chair or bed.
When an infirm, paralyzed or elder patient doesn’t have the ability to change their own linen and clothing or move positions, they are forced to lie in their own perspiration and other bodily liquids until a caregiver is able to assist them. While waiting, the damp skin becomes weakened and more susceptible to pressure sores.
Do You Need Legal Assistance?
Has your loved one shown signs of neglect in a nursing home, hospital or other medical facility? Bedsores can be prevented and often their discovery indicates a pattern of neglect that very often has also caused dehydration and malnutrition. Depending on your case, we take certain steps to help you seek maximum compensation. These include:
- Conducting a thorough investigation to expose resident neglect, negligent hiring practices, unsanitary conditions, and other important factors
- We work with a team of expert nursing home administrators and physicians and any other necessary professionals who are familiar with the necessary standards of care and violations of the state health regulations
- We build your case for a potential trial right from the beginning in an effort to compel the negligent parties to enter settlement negotiations. If we do have to go to court, we have a 95% trial success rate.
Contact Us for a Consultation
Dansker&Aspromonte serve the NYC Metro area and surrounds and offer over 35 years of legal experience in personal injuries and wrongful death. Our lawyers take a strong stance against nursing home neglect and do everything we can to hold the perpetrators accountable. We will not charge you any fees until a settlement is reached or we win the case.
If you or a family member has been neglected and developed bedsores or has passed away due to an infection that could have been detected and treated, don’t hesitate to book your free consultation with us. You can contact us online right away or call at 800-510-9695 to speak to a compassionate and experience attorney.
Let us help you seek the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.