Bedsores & Nursing Home Negligence
Compassionate and Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers in Columbus, OH
When you trust your loved one to the care of others, it can be extremely
frustrating and painful to discover they are not receiving the attention
and kindness they deserve. Every nursing home patient has the right to
expect competent care, and if a facility or staff fails to provide such
care, they should be held liable for the results of their negligence.
In a nursing home, one of the most prevalent consequences of physical
negligence or abuse is the development of bed sores. Bed sores are painful
and can lead to the development of serious health issues if left untreated.
If you or a loved one is suffering from bed sores as a result of nursing
home abuse, we want to help.
Our personal injury attorneys at Rourke & Blumenthal are passionate
about advocating for victims of abuse. With over 75 years of combined
legal experience, our firm has the skills and knowledge necessary to fight
for a positive outcome for you and your family. We have recovered more
than $300 million on behalf of our clients and we look forward to helping you next.
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What are Bedsores?
Bedsores occur as the result of lack of movement in bedridden patients.
When too much pressure rests on areas where bones protrude, such as the
hips or tailbone, sensitive areas may develop in the skin around the irritated
area. Like with burn injuries, there are different stages of bedsores,
depending on how long they have had to develop and the severity of the damage.
Stage 1 bedsores are not yet open wounds, though the damaged skin will likely
be red and may feel painful and warm to the touch.
Stage 2, bedsores will have broken open, or may look like a scrape or blister.
They may also develop into painful ulcers, sometimes causing areas of
the damaged skin to die.
Stage 3 bedsores will have significantly worsened in appearance and will likely
be even more painful. The soft tissue under the skin will be damaged,
leaving the injured area with crater-like open sores.
Stage 4 bedsores will be very deep, usually reaching muscle or bone. At this point,
the damage is often so severe that the patient may not even feel the pain
because the damaged tissue has died.
While bedsores may develop anywhere a person regularly rests their weight,
they occur more frequently along the spine, on the buttocks area, shoulder
blades, the back of the head, or the hips. Bedsores may also lead to other
serious complications, including infections.
Possible infections caused by bedsores include:
- Squamous cell carcinoma, a cancer
- Joint or bone infections
- Bacterial infections
In very severe cases, some infections may require surgeries, or skin or
How Do Bedsores Develop in Nursing Homes?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that as many as 1 out
of every 10 nursing home residents suffers from bedsores. These painful
ulcers develop when a bedridden person Is not repositioned enough, which
may happen if a nursing home staff member or care provider neglects his
or her patients. Whether the patient spends the majority of his or her
time on the couch, in bed, or in a wheelchair, it is crucial to stimulate
movement or reposition frequently in order to prevent bedsores.
Who May be Liable?
If a nurse, doctor, or caretaker does not give bedridden patients frequent
attention, bedsores may easily develop. Patients at risk for bedsores
should be provided with foam padding or pillows to alleviate pressure,
should always have clean, dry clothing and bedding, and should receive
In some cases, bedsores may develop even when patients receive proper care.
However, even if the patient developed the sores while receiving suitable
consideration, the caretaker should still see to it that the nursing home
patient receives medical attention to prevent the condition from worsening.
Failure to monitor residents is as much a fault as causing the injury
in the first place.
Fight Back Against Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Bedsores can be exceedingly painful, and in some cases can develop into
serious infections, or may even lead to aggressive cancers like squamous
cell carcinoma. If you find your loved one has developed bedsores, and
you suspect the nursing home they reside in is at fault, you may have
a personal injury claim. Our lawyers at Rourke & Blumenthal may be
able to help you recover compensation for damages, including medical bills
and pain and suffering.
If you believe you have a nursing home abuse case, contact Rourke & Blumenthal,