Are Bedsores a Sign of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?

After taking care of her grandmother for several months, Sophia realized it was time to move her into a long-term care facility. Although Sophia was sad, she felt comforted also. She felt the nursing home staff could take better care of Grandma Alice, who was bedridden because of a major stroke. It was a shock, then, to learn that an ambulance had transported her beloved grandmother to the hospital for treatment of serious bedsores. Sophia didn’t understand. She thought bed sores were a sign of nursing home abuse or neglect. The nursing home had seemed so safe.

What are bedsores?

Also called pressure ulcers and decubitus ulcers, they are an injury to the skin and underlying tissue. These ulcers often develop on bony areas of the body, including hips, tailbone, heels, and ankles.

Bedsores range from minor reddening of the skin to deep injuries to a patient’s muscles and bone. People may notice symptoms like:

  • skin that has changed in color or texture
  • unexplained lumps, swelling, or tender areas
  • draining from the site of the bedsores
  • skin that feels warmer or cooler than surrounding areas

Treatment is not always successful.

Grandma Alice’s bedsores appeared to have been developing for some time. By the time anyone noticed, her ulcers were deep into her muscles.

What causes bedsores?

Unfortunately, the development of this type of infection can be a sign of nursing home abuse or neglect. Many people in long-term care facilities  have one or more of the most common risk factors, including:

  • Inability to move
  • Incontinence
  • Lack of sensory perception

Most people with bedsores have some kind of medical condition that keeps them from moving around. They may be restricted to bed or spend all day in a wheelchair. For example, Grandma Alice’s major stroke left her partially paralyzed and unable to leave her bed at all. She was at risk for developing pressure ulcers, which the nursing home staff should have known. Patients usually should be rolled over or moved every few hours to prevent bedsores. This did not happen for Grandma Alice.

Have you or a loved one developed bed sores in a nursing home?

If so, compensation may be available. Discuss your potential claim with a qualified attorney to learn more about your options.

At Osvaldo Rodriguez, PC, we have over 20 years’ experience helping clients with nursing home injuries and neglect. Schedule a free initial consultation with Osvaldo Rodriguez, a lawyer who has dedicated his career to assisting people like you. Just call us at 708-716-3441 or fill out the Contact form on our website. We represent clients throughout the state of Illinois, including Chicago, Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berwyn, Chicago, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, and all of Cook County, Lake County, Kane County, Dupage County, and Will County.

Mr. Rodriguez is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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