While some nursing homes are committed to keeping the elderly healthy and active, others have been proven to conduct horrific acts of carelessness against their patients. This neglect can frequently result in harmful injuries and conditions such as bedsores.
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores and ulcers, occur when a person lies in the same posture for a long time, cutting circulation to certain parts of the body. This can result in major health problems.
What Are The Causes Of Bedsores?
The pressure of one’s weight can block microscopic blood arteries no matter what posture a person’s body is in. If the nursing home staff fails to shift a person’s position on a frequent basis, it can result in a dangerous loss of circulation, which can cause redness, pain, and, finally, deep, open bedsores where the circulation was lost.
It is especially important for nursing home staff to assist fragile residents in moving regularly to ensure proper circulation.
Complications Related To Pressure Ulcers
These pressure sores can appear and progress quickly. Even if caught early, the sores can take a long time to heal. Unfortunately, this puts the patient in danger of other issues, such as:
- Bone infections
- Joint infections
Injuries To You Or A Family Member Due to Bedsores
It is essential to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney before allowing an insurance company to take a recorded statement regarding nursing home abuse or neglect. Even if you aren’t sure that you want to hire an attorney, start by talking to an experienced personal injury attorney before trying to work things out on your own.
Attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier don’t charge any upfront fees and offer a free consultation for personal injury cases across our 13 Wisconsin offices. Have you or a loved one suffered nursing home abuse or neglect? Reach out to us for help.