DID A HOSPITAL OR CARE FACILITY FAIL TO PREVENT BEDSORES?
If you or your loved one developed a pressure ulcer while in the care of a hospital, rehabilitation center or another type of care facility, experts say this was very likely the result of someone’s negligence. A medical provider, a caregiver, an caregiving organization or the institutional management may have failed in one or more of these ways:
- If the person was immobile, responsible employees failed to turn him or her often enough and/or use a mattress device to prevent bedsores.
- Nurses and/or care staff failed to monitor for changes to the skin that could indicate a pressure ulcer .
- A doctor or nurse failed to correctly diagnose a pressure ulcer in a timely manner.
- Care staff failed to take immediate remedial measures in the early stages of the bedsore.
- The institution did not train staff adequately on ways to prevent pressure ulcers.
- Caregivers did not keep sheets and other materials next to the skin clean and dry.
A pressure ulcer, a decubitis ulcer and a bedsore are all terms used to describe the same type of skin injury. In the early stages of a bedsore, skin may be bruised or reddened. Ongoing neglect may allow it to develop infection, possibly leading to sepsis, which can be fatal.
WHAT TO DO IF THIS PAINFUL CONDITION HAS HARMED YOUR LOVED ONE
As soon as you suspect your loved one has a bedsore, you will naturally want to speak with a nurse or another responsible care provider. At the same time, you will want to understand the injured person’s legal rights (and/or family members’ rights). If the wound is more advanced, your case may be more urgent and you should seek legal counsel without delay.
NO RECOVERY, NO FEES
At Davis & Davis, Attorneys at Law, we offer free initial consultations for any suspected medical or nursing home malpractice occurring in hospitals and other care facilities. We have helped many clients recover compensation following such traumas. We will advise and represent you or your loved one on a contingency basis.
You may also want to ensure accountability for the institution beyond financial justice. We have handled numerous nursing home and medical malpractice cases that included remedial action requirements,