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.
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