Bedsores: a Sign of Nursing Home Abuse
Orlando Elder Abuse Lawyers Can Help
Bedsores are serious injuries that affect more than one in 10 nursing home residents every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Bed sores can accumulate when nursing home attendants fail to provide proper pare to their residents. They are extremely painful and could prove fatal if left untreated. Our Orlando nursing home abuse lawyers have held negligent nursing homes responsible for letting bedsores accumulate, and we may be able to help you or your loved one seek justice against the responsible parties.
Our Experience with Bedsores and Nursing Home Abuse
We represented an elderly nursing home resident who suffered from multiple bedsores. He had more than 30 bedsores on his body, including his ears. Our investigation into the nursing home found abhorrent conditions – we discovered a video that featured our client lying in a bed of his own feces. We secured a sizeable settlement for the victim to compensate him for his pain and suffering as well as his medical expenses associated with the abuse.
Our other verdicts and settlements obtained on behalf of victims of nursing home neglect and hospital abuse include:
- $4.3 million for a wrongful death at an assisted living facility
- Confidential settlement on behalf of a victim who choked to death at a nursing home
- $1.3 million for nursing negligence
- $1 million for home health care negligence
Bedsores are also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers and decubitus ulcers. They form when an area of the body experiences pressure for a prolonged period without any relief. If a patient in a nursing home or hospital does not move for a while, bedsores are likely to form. If left untreated, they can grow in size, eat away at the skin and possibly expose muscle tissues and bone fragment. An infected bedsore can lead to fatal illnesses.
Hospital and nursing home staff members that fail to prevent or treat bedsores can be held responsible for their negligence. They have a duty to monitor the well-being of every single resident. While many nursing homes claim to be understaffed – 90 percent, according to some studies – that does not excuse bedsores.
Contact our Orlando Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Today
If you know someone who suffered from bedsores while under someone else’s care, talk to us. We can answer any questions you have about nursing home abuse and talk to you about your options. Our law firm offers a free consultation and we can be reached at (800)235-7060.