Are Bed Sores a Sign of Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing homes are facilities that are meant to provide a home for elderly individuals who can no longer care for themselves. They are supposed to be taken care of, their health is to be guarded, and their comfort should be a top priority. Unfortunately, this is not always what happens in nursing homes.
In some cases, nursing homes do the exact opposite of caring for and protecting residents, and instead, residents are neglected and harmed. So what constitutes neglect in a nursing home? Do bed sores indicate that neglect is occurring? Yes, bed sores are a clear indicator in many cases that your loved one has been neglected.
What Are Bed Sores, and How Can They Be Prevented?
Bed sores are a type of skin sore that is caused by extended contact between the skin and another object. Bed sores are also called pressure sores. These types of sores are caused when a person spends too long in one position. The way to prevent bed sores from happening is to shift a person’s position regularly.
The reason elders in nursing homes are at risk of developing bed sores is because many elderly individuals are immobile, sick, or otherwise unable to change their own position. If your loved one has developed bed sores, this could be a sign that they aren’t being well cared for.
Bed sores can be prevented with proper care and regular repositioning. If your loved one was left in a bed or chair for long periods of time without repositioning, they might have been neglected.
What Can You Do If Your Loved One Has Developed Bed Sores in a Nursing Home?
If you find that your loved one is dealing with bed sores, you might be able to file a personal injury claim against the nursing home. If the staff members were careless with your loved one’s health and safety, you have every right to hold them accountable for their actions.
Through an injury claim, you can secure compensation for your injured family member. They can be compensated for the pain they suffered, the financial expenses of additional treatment or of moving your loved one to a different facility, and any other costs related to this maltreatment.
No one should develop bed sores due to poor treatment in a nursing home. Your loved one deserves justice for being mistreated and for the suffering they’ve endured.
Talk with a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Filing a claim may seem like an extreme action for bed sores, but your loved one didn’t deserve to go through this. The nursing home staff has violated the trust you placed in them, and they should be held accountable. Your bed sore injury claim can prevent other innocent elderly adults from being hurt in a similar manner.
Receive a free case assessment when you call a nursing home abuse lawyer at our firm to discuss your case. To reach Will Ferguson & Associates, call 505-633-0750 or complete the online communication form down below.