Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, are caused when unrelieved pressure is applied to the skin for a long period of time. These often occur when a person does not move from a bed or chair for an extended period—therefore, bedsores tend to overwhelmingly affect hospital and nursing home patients.
It is the responsibility of the nursing home staff to regularly move patients who are immobile in order to prevent a bedsore from developing. If you or a loved one is in nursing home care and has developed a bedsore, the cause may be a direct result of the staff neglecting or abusing patients.
Our Colorado nursing home bedsores attorneys at Frost & Beck, P.C. can help you win compensation if you or a relative has been mistreated while in elder care.
Bedsores are more than a bruise or ulcer—they are a very serious condition that is difficult to treat. If caught early enough, they are likely to heal with time and regularly cleaning and care.
However, if left untreated for long enough, pressure ulcers can cause:
Common causes of bedsores in nursing homes include:
Bedsores can develop anywhere on the body, but there are specific areas that are particularly at risk.
There are four stages of bedsores:
Stage 1 is the least serious and Stage 4 is the worst. If left untreated, a Stage 4 bedsore could lead to serious illness or death.
Similar to other personal injury claims, a bedsore lawsuit's value will vary depending on how severe your loved ones injuries are. Some bedsores are more minor, while others can cause serious infections and even life-threatening situations.
Regardless of how extreme the injury is, bedsores are often a sign of neglect, which means that you can most likely receive compensation to help offset any pain and suffering or medical expenses incurred as a result. For more specifics about what your bedsore lawsuit may be worth, contact our office to discuss your situation in more detail.
Yes, residents living in a nursing home should not develop bedsores under any circumstances. The staff should be trained to prevent against this common and painful injury. Therefore, if your loved one does develop a bedsore, it is likely—but not definitely—a result of neglect or even abuse.
Anything from a lack of supervision of the patient to insufficient training on the part of nursing home staff could be a factor. A Colorado bedsore lawyer can help you determine the cause as well as who is liable.
If a resident’s bedsores are left untreated for long enough, it is possible that the complications could lead to death. In the case of such a tragic event, it is possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to hold the nursing home accountable and receive a settlement which can help pay for funeral expenses, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other costs.
To learn more about how a lawyer can help you and your family, call our Colorado nursing home bedsore lawyers at call (720) 408-4402 today. If you believe you have grounds to file a bedsore lawsuit, don't hesitate to reach out to our team at Frost & Beck, PC.