Bed Sores wrongful death: A resident at the Kindred Health Care nursing home in Los Angeles, California was found with a severely infected stage four bed sore, also known as a decubitus ulcers or pressure sores. Stage Four Bed sores are the most dangerous.
When the bed sore was discovered it was already inches wide. A wound care assessment determined that it was a Stage IV Bed Sore, the most severe. It was also found to be infected, with feces in the patient’s diaper, causing an e coli infection to get into the patient’s blood stream. This patient became septic and died as a result thereof.
Bed sores often prove to be fatal in many instances. Many bed sores, like the one that developed on this resident, are located on the tailbone. and are known as coccyx bed sores. A nursing home that delays or fails to properly conduct incontinent care can be responsible for fecal matter regularly entering the resident’s wound which causes the e coli infection and the sepsis. This infection shall inevitably result and will be the direct cause of a resident’s wrongful death.
Bed sores are some of the most dangerous wounds that a person can receive. They are generally the result of a combination of three factors: dehydration and malnutrition, being left for extended periods of time in one position, and damp or unclean conditions. These are the most common types of nursing home abuse and neglect. We all need to watch what they are doing to our loved ones in these nursing homes.
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.