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Nursing homes and the dangers of bedsores

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2021 | Personal Injuries |

You expect a nursing home to take care of your loved ones. After all, they are required to have a certain level of staffing to meet patient needs, and those employees should be adequately trained in providing adequate care. Proper nutrition should be provided, detailed care plans developed, and aggressive residents limited in contact with others.

Despite these obligations, though, time and again nursing homes fail to keep their residents safe, which can result in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Sometimes that harm comes from the most basic of nursing home duties.

Bedsore basics

Bedsores are a type of ulcer that develops on the skin as a result of constant pressure or friction being applied to the skin. Given that that’s how they develop, bedsores are often seen on the bony parts of the body, including the hips, heels, and tailbone. While bedsores can be common in hospitals and nursing homes, they are oftentimes the result of neglect. This is especially true when nursing home staff doesn’t move immobile nursing home residents periodically.

The dangers of bedsores

Although minor bedsores may heal on their own with little or no medical treatment, severe bedsores can cause significant health problems. Bad bedsores that go untreated can lead to bone and joint infections, resulting in damage to cartilage and tendons, as well as cellulitis, cancer, and even sepsis. These medical conditions can lead to further immobility, amputation, and even death.

Hold negligent nursing homes accountable

The very real physical and emotional pain caused by these conditions can be unbearable. Yet, far too often negligent nursing homes and their staff get away with such egregious behavior with nothing more than a citation and perhaps a fine. If you or a loved one has been harmed by nursing home neglect, don’t let the nursing home and its employees off so easily. Instead, consider working closely with a legal professional who can help you fight for accountability and the compensation you or your loved one deserve.