Bed Sores Can Be Lethal – Protect Your Loved Ones
Unfortunately, over the years, the lawyers of Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert, & Prieto, LLC have encountered countless elderly and vulnerable victims of or nursing home abuse and neglect. From offices in Atlanta, Calhoun, Cartersville, Dallas, Dalton and Savannah, Georgia, we have helped numerous clients whose loved ones have suffered from the debilitating effects of bed sores.
Bed sores, commonly known as “pressure sores” or “decubitus ulcers” are caused when blood pools into pressure points where the patient’s body hits the surface of a bed, sofa, wheelchair, etc. and is not moved for an extended time. These sores are frequently the result of nursing home personnel failing to monitor the resident, failing to turn or readjust immobile patients in their beds, or failure to provide pressure relieving devices like air mattresses or thick pillows. Bed sores are also a warning sign of poor daily hygiene or nutrition on the part of caregivers.
Bed sores are open wounds that are painful for the victim. Furthermore, they can easily result in an infection or other adverse health conditions. If an infection gets bad enough, sepsis (a full body inflammatory state) can set in, which can even be fatal. To prevent bed sores from occurring, nursing homes must have plans in place to carefully monitor patients, establish a schedule of regular bed-turns and linen changes, provide pressure-relieving devices and ensure that each patient receives daily hygiene maintenance and proper nutrition.
How Can An Attorney Help?
We can help if you or a loved one has been injured due to nursing home neglect and abuse. You will need an experienced and dedicated lawyer who is willing to fight for you. To speak with an attorney at PMHP Law, about an injury, substandard care or the loss of a loved one resulting from nursing home neglect, contact us today. Our firm has lawyers and staff members who only handle these types of cases. We have the experience, diligence and legal sophistication necessary to handle your case with the highest degree of competence and care.
Once a resident has developed bed sores, the nursing home staff must make every effort to address them. The staff must communicate with your loved one’s doctor and must follow the doctor’s instruction for addressing the bed sores. If they fail to do so, you may have a case for nursing home abuse or neglect.