Bed sores, also known as pressure sores, can be one sign of nursing home abuse. Bed sores occur when there is unrelieved pressure in the skin, most commonly affecting areas of the body where bone and skin are in close contact. These areas include the hips, back, elbows, ankles, and heels. Nursing home residents have the highest risk of developing pressure sores when they are confined to a bed or wheelchair.
While a sedentary lifestyle is a large contributing factor, there are ways that nursing home caretakers can, and should, prevent the development of bed sores. If these sores are not treated with prompt medical attention, they can lead to serious health problems like joint or bone infections, sepsis, and even cancer. If you notice that your elderly loved one is suffering from bed sores, this may be a sign of negligence.
In order to prevent bed sores, nursing home caregivers should:
- Frequently reposition sedentary patients
- Ensure residents are lying at a 30 degree angle
- Check on residents daily, especially those at high risk
- Provide pressure-relieving devices like pillows
- Ensure patients’ bedding and clothing is dry
Filing a Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit
If you suspect that your elderly loved one has developed bed sores as a result of nursing home abuse or negligence, we encourage you to discuss your case with a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLP as soon as possible. We have been representing injured victims throughout the state for more than 95 years, recovering millions of dollars in compensation.
When you work with our firm, we can help you build a case by:
- Requesting performance reports for staff involved in the care of your loved one
- Requesting documentation of the steps taken to care for your loved one
- Obtaining copies of any previous claims of negligence or abuse against the facility
- Requesting a list of previous citations, warnings, reprimands or violations
Get started on your case by contacting a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLP. We are available to take your call 24/7, and offer free case evaluations.