Bed Sores Due To Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing homes, hospice care facilities and other assisted living facilities have a duty and responsibility to provide care for residents. When nursing home abuse or elderly care abuse occurs or those facilities violate the duty to provide care and a patient contracts serious bed sores or other complications from bed sores in Kentucky, you can contact our lawyers at The Greene Law Firm in Louisville.
Bed sores (also know as decubitis ulcers or pressure ulcers) can occur when a patient is not properly cared for or does not receive the proper care and treatment. When a patient is immovable for lengthy amounts of time, the facility and their employees are responsible for cleaning, bathing, and providing care and treatment for the patient. Unfortunately, many times the care and treatment is not performed appropriately and bed sores develop. Bed sores are entirely preventable in the majority of cases. Some examples of situations that cause bed sores are contained below:
- Moisture, for example, wet bed linens or adult diapers left for extended periods of time
- Not moving, turning, or rotating a patient frequently enough
- Dragging a person across a bed without proper protection of the feet, tailbone, back, and elbows
- Not ensuring proper diet or hydration
Once a bed sore develops, it can quickly escalate into a serious ulcer if not given prompt and immediate attention. The longer the bed sore or ulcer exists, the greater the possibility that the sore or ulcer will develop into a crater that can extend into the muscle and bone of your loved one. These serious bed sores can easily become infected and if the infection proceeds unchecked it can lead to sepsis and death. Ultimately, bed sores can cause serious infections, fractures, sepsis, or death. Fortunately, bed sores can be prevented with proper care and treatment. If you notice any bed sores while visiting a loved one, please contact our firm to discuss how we can help you and your family hold the facility responsible for the harm they have caused.
Contact The Greene Law Firm For A Free Consultation
When you have entrusted the care and treatment of a loved one to a nursing home or other facility and have been betrayed by a lack of care and treatment, we will fight for you and your loved one to ensure that they are fairly compensated for the injuries they have sustained. We know how to investigate nursing home abuse or assisted living care abuse. This includes aggressively seeking pertinent documents, compassionately explaining the legal process to clients, working tirelessly to hold the nursing home or assisted living facility responsible, and ultimately, if necessary, presenting the case to a jury. Taking legal action will not only hold the nursing home or other facility responsible for their actions, but it may also improve conditions and the level of care and treatment at that facility in the future. If your loved one has suffered an injury related to bed sores at a nursing home or assisted living facility, please contact The Greene Law Firm.