Nursing homes are licensed by the state and must adhere to certain safety regulations and health codes. Failure to change soiled linen or assist patients who need help in using the bathroom constitutes neglect when repeatedly doing so leads to bed sores. At the law office of Bordas & Bordas, our lawyers work closely with health inspectors, investigators and physicians in documenting bed sores and determining how they were allowed to happen. We interview attendants, nursing staff and nursing home administrators to expose code violations and general malfeasance that resulted in our patients' injuries.
Bed sores are a sign of abuse and neglect in nursing homes. If your loved one has developed bed sores, contact nursing home negligence attorneys at the law office of Bordas & Bordas today and schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
Causes of Bed Sores in Cases of Nursing Home Negligence
Bed sores are typically a symptom of a larger problem involving neglect or abuse. The following conditions are often found to be the cause, or a contributing cause, of bed sores:
- Soiled, unchanged bedding
- Failure to change adult diapers
- Failure to assist patient to the bathroom
- Tying patient down to his or her bed to prevent wanderings
- Failure to report skin irritation and signs of developing bed sores
- Failure to relieve pressure points on patient
The Cost of Bed Sores
Bed sores can lead to serious medical complications involving infections and potentially life-threatening musculoskeletal problems. In some instances, patients may have to be transferred to a hospital for additional treatment and recovery. To ensure our client receives compensation proportional to incurred medical expenses and pain and suffering, we consult experienced medical economists who can quantify current and future costs associated with bed sores.
Holding Negligent Nursing Homes Financially Accountable
Most nursing homes realize they can have their license suspended and incur heavy fines when authorities discover neglect in their facility. As a result, staff with any knowledge of wrongdoing may be dismissed or relocated, evidence tampered with and records destroyed. Working with investigators, we can often track down employees and expose contradictory information in available records, medical evidence and testimony from other workers or patients.
Don't assume bed sores are just an unpleasant consequence of institutional care. To schedule an appointment and learn how we can help you, contact our nursing home negligence attorneys at the law office of Bordas & Bordas today.