The Peck Law Group with offices in Los Angeles and Oakland (Pleasant Hill), California has been representing victims of Nursing Home personal injury matters for over 33 years with a very very successful track record. There are multiple reasons that an elder or dependent adult patient in a long term skilled nursing facility incurs bed sores, pressure sores also know as decubitus ulcers. Some of the more prominent reasons for having this type of skin breakdown is as a result of dehydration, malnutrition, failure to re-position, and pure neglect. Choosing a Los Angeles and Oakland Lawyer with extensive knowledge, expertise and zeal regarding these types of horrific personal injury matters is to get our clients the best possible outcome.
Bed Sore Lawyers & Pressure Ulcer Law, Los Angeles & Oakland
Incurring Bed Sores, Pressure Sores in Los Angeles or Oakland can be fatal, catastrophic and, or cause severe physical harm, psychiatric issues, infection, including sepsis and death. Those are all life changing events that can cause horrific pain and suffering. Compensation needs to be planned and incorporated into a legal strategy for long-term care and, for future living expenses and extended care. The Peck Law Group Bed Sores Lawyer Los Angeles and Oakland (Pleasant Hill) has represented thousands of clients with excellent outcomes in these matters, as well as providing resources for counseling, physical therapy, and support.
Estimates indicate that 1 to 3 million people in the United States develop Bed Sores, Pressure Ulcers and Decubitus ulcers each year. Pressure ulcers can reduce overall quality of life because of pain, treatments, and increased length of institutional stay. They also contribute to premature mortality in some patients. Therefore, any intervention that may help to prevent bed sores, pressure ulcers, decubitus ulcers or to treat them once they occur is very important to reduce the cost of their care and to improve the quality of life for the affected individuals.
Bed Sore, Pressure Ulcer, Decubitus Ulcer Statistics:
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reports that the cost of treating a pressure ulcer in acute care (as a secondary diagnosis) is $43,180 per hospital stay. Contributing cost factors include increased length of stay because of pressure sore complications, such as pain, infection, high-tech support surfaces, and decreased functional ability.
- A recent AHRQ document reports 703,300 pressure ulcer-related hospitalizations in 2012, which included 65,500 hospital admissions that had pressure ulcers as the primary diagnosis. Of these admissions, 1 in 25 ended in death. Another 657,800 pressure ulcer-related hospital admissions documented pressure ulcer as the secondary diagnosis. Of these admissions, the death rate was 1 in 8.
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.