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Bed Sores as Potential Elder Abuse Injuries

Bed Sores as Potential Elder Abuse Injuries

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Bed sores, also called pressure ulcers, are common among nursing home residents and are sometimes caused by nursing home negligence. These sores are formed when a boney area of the body – such as elbows, tailbones and shoulder blades – remains under pressure for too long, causing less blood to circulate through the area. The tissue death of the sore gets worse if left untreated, and can ultimately lead to life-threatening infection.

Pressure sores shouldn’t really occur in the first place, if it’s possible for caretakers to prevent them. If a resident is confined to his or her bed most of the time, and is also physically or mentally disinclined to turn over and switch positions periodically, then a bed sore usually results. Caretakers and nurses are responsible for preventing bed sores in patients who cannot turn themselves, and they are responsible for detecting and promptly treating any bed sores that form.

Pressure ulcers are just one of the bed injuries that can occur because of nursing home negligence. Your elder’s caretakers may be held accountable for negligence under certain circumstances.

If you think your loved one has developed life-threatening bed sores or other injuries as a result of nursing home negligence, please contact Charles N. Rock, PLLC, for a free case evaluation with our experienced nursing home abuse attorney in Newburgh.
Category: Nursing Home Abuse
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