Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with a pressure or bed sore in a nursing home? If so, you should know your legal rights.

Pressure sores, also called bed sores, decubitus ulcers and pressure ulcers, are areas of damaged skin caused by staying in one position too long. They are usually formed where bones are close to the skin, such as on the ankles, back, elbows, heels and hips. Bed-ridden individuals are particularly at risk of developing these sores, as are individuals in wheelchairs or others unable to change their position. Pressure sores can cause serious infections, some of which can be life- threatening. Pressure sores are a particular problem for people in nursing homes.

Federal regulations require nursing home personnel to ensure that their residents do not develop pressure or bed sores. If individuals with existing pressure or bed sores are admitted into a nursing home facility, they are required to be given necessary treatment and services to promote healing, to treat any infection and to prevent new sores from developing. Kentucky nursing home regulations require nursing personnel to be taught rehabilitation nursing measures and to use these measures in their daily care of residents. These measures include encouraging and assisting bed-ridden patients to change positions at least every two (2) hours, day and night to stimulate circulation and to prevent these sores from developing. These same regulations require a nursing home to have a sufficient amount of nursing staff present at any given time to ensure each patient receives proper care to prevent the development or enlargement of these types of sores/ulcers.

The Shelton Law Group has experience in bringing claims against nursing homes and their staff on behalf of individuals and their loved ones who have developed pressure or bed sores as a result of a facility’s failure to comply with the above rules and regulations. Such claims seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, physical and emotional pain, and suffering arising out of the occurrence and/or the failure to treat these types of injuries. These types of injuries are usually avoidable and many times are the direct result of nursing home under-staffing and/or patient neglect.

If you or a loved one has developed pressure or bed sores while in a nursing home or hospital, please visit www.robsheltonlaw.com or call the Shelton Law Group at 888-761-7204.