Bedsores: Nursing Home Abuse
Bedsores Are a Sign of Elder Abuse
Bedsores are one of the more common symptoms associated with people who
are bedridden or spend a lot of time sitting in a chair, wheelchair, etc.,
and unable to take care of themselves. When a person depends on a caregiver
to do the necessary actions to prevent or mitigate bedsores and these
actions are not done regularly, it may be time to contact a
personal injury attorney in Los Angeles to help you take action against the facility.
At our firm, Martinian & Associates INC., we have extensive experience
in elder abuse cases, including those that involve an elderly person who
has suffered bedsores and other symptoms as a result of nursing home abuse
or neglect. We are powerful advocates for these victims and we take action
against any party that is involved in elder abuse or neglect. The injured
person or his or her family may be entitled to compensation if we find
that negligence or abuse has led to bedsores, or that a patient with bedsores
is not being treated for the condition with the accepted level of care
Bedsores, left untreated, become a very serious physical problem, are very
painful, and can even result in loss of life due to infection. These injuries
occur when the soft tissues, such as skin and muscle, are subjected to
constant pressure for long periods of time from being pressed between
a bony area of the body and another surface, such as a mattress or chair
seat. Prolonged pressure prevents blood and oxygen to flow to the tissues.
Skin and soft tissues begin to deteriorate when the blood flow providing
nutrients is inhibited by pressure.
The result can be sores that develop into deep wounds, spreading infection
to other tissues and bone. Too much moisture left unchecked, such as perspiration,
urine or fecal matter, can also lead to bedsores. Common areas of the
body that are prone to bedsores include heels, hipbones, tailbone, spine,
ankles, head and shoulders.
Legal Action Against a Nursing Home for Abuse: Bedsores
When an elderly person is in a nursing home, it is expected the personnel
are trained to do take the proper measures to prevent or minimize bedsores.
contact us if you see signs of bedsores, especially if none were present when the
patient first arrived. It could mean that the attending personnel are
negligent or engaged in some form of elder abuse.
Let's discuss your case during your free
case evaluation. You can be sure that we want to do everything possible to help your loved
one receive excellent care and our goal is to pursue justice, hold the
guilty accountable, and recover the deserved amount of compensation.