Are Bedsores an Indication of Nursing Home Abuse?

Are Bedsores an Indication of Nursing Home Abuse?

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 20-Sep-2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as one in 10 nursing home residents currently suffer from bedsores due to substandard care. Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers, are caused when a bedridden person or a person confined to a wheelchair is not regularly repositioned. Laying or sitting for too long in one position can cause damage to the skin and underlying tissue due to the prolonged pressure. Once a bedsore has developed, it can be very difficult to treat. If left untreated, bedsores can become infected and lead to life-threatening injuries. Bedsores commonly develop on the hips, back, tailbone, ankles, and heels.

Bedsores can cause the following medical complications:

  • Joint or bone infections, which can damage tissues and cartilage and severely restrict joint function
  • Cellulitis, an inflammation of the connective tissues which can lead to meningitis, affecting the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord
  • Sepsis, a bacterial infection of body tissues of the bloodstream which can be fatal
  • Cancer, which results when pressure sores develop into squamous cell carcinoma

A bedsore in the most advanced stage has caused such extensive damage that muscles, tendons, and bones may be exposed. One look at a bedsore is enough to convince anyone that it is a sure sign of serious nursing home neglect or abuse.

If you have noticed these injuries on your loved one, you should take immediate action. The Orlando nursing home abuse lawyers at The Maher Law Firm represent clients and their families in cases involving bedsores and other forms of injury caused by negligence and abuse. Trusted in our community for over 40 years, we have resolved countless personal injury cases and recovered billions of dollars in compensation for our clients.

If you or a loved one has been harmed in a nursing facility, talk to our firm about how we can help you achieve justice. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit may allow you to recover compensation for your many losses, including the costs of medical care, physical and emotional pain and suffering, funeral and burial costs if applicable, and more.

To discuss your case with an Orlando nursing home abuse attorney, please fill out an online consultation form.

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