Bed sores, also known as pressure sores, are an unfortunate side effect of sitting or lying in one position for an extended period. These sores are common among individuals who have limited mobility and are unable to change positions due to a medical condition. Not only can bed sores become infected and cause great discomfort, it is also a sign that your loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect.
Our legal team at Bostic Law Group, P.A. has been fighting against nursing home abuse for more than 25 years. If you believe your loved one is being mistreated while in elder care, our nursing home bedsores attorneys are here to help.
No one deserves to be the victim of elder care abuse and neglect. Call our Charleston nursing home bedsores attorneys today at (843) 350-9646 and let us know how we can help.
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS LEADING TO BED SORES
Bedsores are a much more serious matter than many people appreciate. If caught early enough, they can be healed and treated, but treatment can be difficult. Complications can arise if bedsores are ignored, or if the patient is elderly. This type of injury can develop into an open wound on the skin or in underlying tissue, making it highly susceptible to infections. This can result in septic shock, bone infections, and even death.
Common causes of bedsores include:
- Failure to evaluate & monitor a nursing home resident for any indications of bedsores
- Failure to turn and move residents sitting or sleeping position regularly
- Failure to provide adequate nutrition and hydration
- Delay or failure to notify resident’s family and doctor when bedsores develop
Bed sores are preventable and should not occur in the first place. If they do develop in a nursing home resident, it can be a sign of neglect. If you are unsure, we can look into this for you.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Under the guidelines governing the standard of care required of licensed nursing homes in South Carolina, patients with motion limitations must be turned routinely by nursing home staffers. Failure to do so may constitute nursing home neglect.
If your loved one experienced the above or if other events seem unusual, you should seek advice from a knowledgeable attorney to understand your rights and options in pursuing compensation for your loved one’s injuries. We will provide the guidance you need to not only understand your case.