Bedsores Are A Sign Of Abuse Or Negligence
While there are some unfortunate aspects of growing older and living in a nursing home, bedsores should not be one of them. Bedsores — called pressure sores or decubitus ulcers — are caused by remaining in the same position for an extended time. The pressure that results on one body part creates blood clots that lead to ulcers.
The presence of this type of injury is one of the first signs that abuse or neglect may be involved. There is almost no reason why an elderly resident should contract something like this without serious mismanagement of resources or neglect on the part of a facility’s staff.
At Clements Law Firm, we can help you. Attorney Jay Clements has decades of experience helping injured nursing home residents and their families in all kinds of abuse and neglect matters. Our firm serves clients in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other elder care situations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas. We can help protect you and your family against nursing home abuse.
Causes Of Pressure Sores/Decubitus Ulcers
As simple as it seems, pressure sores are most commonly caused by pressure over an extended time. Combined with deteriorating blood circulation with age, extended pressure on one area of the body due to remaining sedentary for an extended period of time causes lesions. These lesions grow, expand and become infected.
Nursing home residents should not be left in the same position for an extended period of time. There are numerous regulations regarding moving and repositioning residents. All of the staff and administration should know these rules, and there is really no excuse for allowing residents to stay in one position for the amount of time it takes for bedsores to develop.
Failing to move and reposition patients to the point where bedsores develop is a clear sign of negligence.
If you or an elderly loved one has developed bedsores in a nursing home, assisting living facility or other elderly care facility, we will fight for you.