Bed sores (also called pressure ulcers, pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers) are a common injury caused by nursing home abuse or neglect of elderly patients. These injuries can become serious and require medical treatment—but it is also important to be aware that bed sores can also be an indicator of ongoing abuse and neglect. If you or a loved one has experienced a bed sore injury while living in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you should take action right away.
How Do Bed Sores Develop?
Bed sores are caused by a lack of oxygen and blood flow due to continuous pressure on a particular area of your body. These sores tend to develop on areas that have prominent bones beneath very thin layers of skin, such as the lower back, ankles, heels, tailbone, hips, elbows, and spine.
Bed sores can vary greatly in severity. Minor bed sores present with some skin reddening, while severe bed sores may develop into deep wounds that expose bone and muscle.
Nursing Home Abuse and Bed Sores
These injuries tend to be common among elderly people who reside in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The presence of bed sores may be a sign of caregiver neglect, restraint, and other forms of elderly abuse. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities may be at fault for these injuries because of insufficient staffing and caregiver neglect, such as failing to move the patient in accordance with the standard of care.
If you believe that your elderly loved one has developed bed sore injuries as a result of abuse or neglect, it is important to seek help right away. A nursing home abuse attorney can help you and your loved one by pursuing action against the nursing home or assisted living facility. Your loved one may be eligible for compensation for their injuries. Contact the Peck Law Group today to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.