Louisville, KY Lawyer for Bedsores from Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Pressure ulcers – also known as decubitus ulcers, pressure sores, or bedsores – are painful injuries that can cause severe damage to the skin and underlying tissue. In the worst cases and without prompt treatment, they can become life-threatening. Due to the fact that bedsores typically result from prolonged periods of inactivity, nursing home residents are particularly susceptible to suffering these injuries, especially when they are without proper and attentive care.
Bedsores are preventable injuries, and in nursing homes, they should not happen. If you or a loved one has suffered a bedsore while under nursing home care, Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC can help you seek financial compensation for your physical, financial, and emotional losses. Attorney Seth Gladstein has helped numerous nursing home residents and families recover millions of dollars for injuries caused by abuse and neglect. To protect your legal rights, call (800) 991-0474 for a free consultation.
Know the Signs and Symptoms of Pressure Ulcers (Bedsores)
Pressure ulcers can develop suddenly, and without treatment they can quickly progress to advanced stages that carry a significant risk of major complications. Unfortunately, due to the prevalence of negligence and abuse in nursing homes, it is important for residents and their families to be cognizant of the signs and symptoms of these dangerous injuries. Early-stage bedsores typically involve:
- Red and purple in the affected area
- Skin that doesn’t turn lighter when touched
- Tender, painful skin
- Skin that feels firmer, softer, warmer, or cooler than skin in unaffected areas
- Shallow, pink, or red skin wounds that resemble a blister
At advanced stages, pressure ulcers can cause permanent damage. Severe bedsores can also put residents at risk for sepsis, cellulitis, infections, and other life-threatening complications. In addition, some individuals with severe bedsores develop a form of cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma that results in chronic, non-healing wounds. Signs and symptoms of advanced bedsores include:
- Loss of skin and crater-like wounds
- Yellowish, dead skin tissue
- Exposed fat, muscle, bone, or tendons
- Damage that extends under healthy skin surrounding the wound
When and Where to Watch for Bedsores
Since bedsores result from prolonged pressure on the skin, nursing home residents are most likely to develop bedsores if they are confined to a bed, wheelchair, or other location for an extended period of time. Bedsores typically develop in the areas of the body that carry the greatest amount of weight – the tailbone, shoulders, heels, hips, and back of the head. However, bedsores can develop anywhere, so if you or your loved one has been immobile or restrained, it is important to look for bedsores on any parts of the body that experienced prolonged pressure.
For a variety of reasons, many nursing home residents are at increased risk for developing bedsores. As part of each resident’s care plan, the nursing home should implement measures to avoid the risk of injury. Some of the most common conditions that expose nursing home residents to a risk of bedsores include:
- Muscle weakness
- Generally poor health
- Frailty or injuries that limit mobility or require use of a wheelchair
- Dementia and other mental conditions that affect sensory perception
- Weight loss due to malnutrition (learn how proper nutrition can help prevent and heal bedsores)
- Bowel incontinence
- Medical conditions that affect blood flow
- Limited cognition and alertness due to the effect of medications or a deteriorating mental condition
However, it is important to understand that these are not excuses for nursing homes to allow residents to develop bedsores. Rather, they are risk factors that nursing homes need to manage as part of providing appropriate care.
Common Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse Resulting in Bedsores
There are several forms of nursing home abuse and neglect that can lead to bedsores. Some common examples include:
- Failure to reposition residents who are immobile
- Failure to provide adequate fluids and nutrition
- Failure to keep sheets, clothes, and undergarments clean at all times
- Failure to perform physical exams
- Failure to seek medical attention for developing bedsores
If one of these or any other form of negligence or abuse is responsible for your or your loved one’s bedsore, we can help you fight for just compensation.
Contact Louisville, KY Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer Seth Gladstein
For more information about taking legal action for a nursing home bedsore, we invite you to contact us for a *free consultation. With offices in downtown Louisville, we serve clients throughout Kentucky. Contact Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC now to meet with attorney Seth Gladstein about your claim.
*Each case is different and the past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case. Among many settlements, Gladstein Law Firm has recovered: $1.8 Million settlement for medical malpractice case involving negligent performance of hysterectomy (Christian Circuit Court); $1.75 Million medical malpractice case involving negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat lung cancer (Jefferson Circuit Court); $550,000 settlement for failure to diagnose prostate cancer (pre-litigation settlement); $500,000 settlement for negligent failure to diagnose and treat an impending stroke after brain surgery (Jefferson Circuit Court); and $195,000 settlement for negligent failure to diagnose and treat a potentially life-threatening heart condition (Macon Co., N.C.; served as co-counsel) Click here to see some of Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC’s successes. Client pays costs only upon recovery.