Certain illnesses and conditions that nursing home residents suffer may be a result of aging or a medical problem. Others, however, are clearly a result of negligent supervision and inadequate care by people charged with a duty to provide that care. Bed sores fall within the category of a physical ailment that should not happen if nursing home attendants are doing their jobs right. It is a fundamental part of care for a bedridden person to turn the person often and keep him or her clean and dry.
Bed sores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers occur when someone remains in bed without proper movement. Sweat or body waste against the skin may exacerbate the problem and enhance the likelihood of pressure ulcers occurring. Once a pressure ulcer develops, treatment and recovery can be quite difficult. In worst-case scenarios, the condition is painful, allows for infections and may even lead to death from an infection.
If your loved one demonstrated open ulcers on the skin prior to death in a nursing home, you have good reason to question whether the death was the result of a related infection. Was your family member a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse? In the emotional aftermath of the death of a loved one in a nursing home, it can be difficult to sort out fact from fiction and determine what is and is not worthy of investigation. This is where a free consultation with a lawyer can be very helpful. Our lawyers welcome the opportunity to hear your story and advise you on the next steps to take if negligence is suspected.
We handle these cases on a contingent fee basis. If there is no recovery no fees are owed.