If your loved one is in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, you want your loved one to receive the best care possible. Nursing home abuse is a topic you don’t want to consider. Unfortunately, because many nursing home residents are frail and unable to care for their personal needs, abuse and neglect often go undetected and unreported. Therefore, knowing the signs of nursing home abuse can help you protect your loved ones from abuse and neglect. For example, one common sign of neglect in nursing homes is the presence of bedsores.
What Are Bedsores?
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, are common for patients who are unable to move their bodies frequently. They remain in the same position in bed or a chair for hours at a time. Sores may develop because of the lack of movement, especially on bony portions of the body such as the shoulder blades, elbows, spine, hips, heels, and ankles. The sores are a result of the direct and constant pressure on the skin. The consent pressure results in a decrease of blood supply and oxygen to the site.
In addition to the lack of mobility, poor nutrition and poor circulation can contribute to the development of bedsores. There are four states of bedsores with stage four being the most severe. Patients with stage four bedsores can face life-threatening complications. Any patient who develops bedsores may have a claim against the nursing home for neglect.
Bedsores Are Not Your Loved One’s Fault
Don’t allow the nursing home to blame your loved one for bedsores. Patients are not responsible for bedsores. Nursing homes should have a treatment plan in place that ensures patients are moved on a regular basis to avoid sores. For patients who are immobile, the care plan should highlight the need for frequent movement. The plan may include moving the patient between a bed and a chair or rolling the patient over in the bed several times a day.
Failing to reposition a patient can be considered negligent, especially when the patient develops sores. Furthermore, failing to treat bedsores when they develop can also be considered neglect and abuse. If left untreated, a stage one bedsore will proceed through the stages until it reaches stage four. At stage four, the complications from bedsores can result in permanent injury or death. In addition, treatment of bedsores can be lengthy and painful.
If the situation could have been avoided, the staff and the nursing home should be held accountable for their negligence and carelessness. Filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit may be the only way you can seek justice for your loved one and hold the responsible parties liable for their actions.
Call A Lexington Bedsore Lawsuit Attorney Today
If you suspect your loved one’s sores is the result of neglect or abuse, contact our office to schedule a free consultation with a Lexington bedsore lawsuit attorney. Our attorneys are ready to fight for your loved one’s right to justice and compensation for his or her injuries.
Contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form. Don’t wait too long to seek legal counsel. Your loved one has a limited time to file a nursing home abuse lawsuit under Kentucky personal injury laws.