Nursing Home Neglect Leading to Bedsores
Fort Lauderdale Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Nursing homes that neglect their residents can be held legally responsible
for any injuries or deaths that result from their misconduct. Kelley/Uustal
is committed to defending the rights of injured nursing home residents
and their families. If you or your loved one has been injured due to
nursing home abuse and you have questions about your legal rights, we encourage you to contact
our firm for a free case evaluation.
Contact us to speak with a Fort Lauderdale nursing home abuse lawyer.
Infected Bedsores Can Be Fatal
Bedsores, also called decubitus ulcers, pressure sores, or pressure ulcers,
develop when patients are not regularly repositioned in their beds or
wheelchairs. Prolonged pressure on an area of the body by sitting or lying
in one position for too long can cause painful injury to the skin and
underlying tissues. The longer the ulcer is left untended, the deeper
the damage can spread. Once the patient has a bedsore, it can be difficult
to treat and may become infected. An infected bedsore can be fatal to
the patient. Bedsores commonly develop on the ankles, heels, tailbone,
and hips and affect one in 10 nursing home residents.
Bedsores can also be caused by malnutrition, another sign of neglect. It
is essential for bedridden patients to get enough calories, fat, protein,
vitamins, and minerals in his or her diet in order to maintain their health.
A diet that does not supply the necessary nutrients can leave a patient
more susceptible to bedsores and other illnesses.
Other Medical Complications Resulting from Bedsores
Bedsores can result in an array of other health complications if they are
not monitored and treated in their early stages. These include:
Cellulitis: Inflammation of the connective tissues that may lead to meningitis
Sepsis: A bacterial infection of the bloodstream and body tissues that can be fatal
Joint/bone infections: These can develop deep inside of bedsores, damaging cartilage and tissues
and severely restricting joint function
Cancer: Results when bedsores develop into squamous cell carcinoma
Get Legal Help from Our South Florida Trial Attorneys
A bedsore is a clear sign that a nursing home patient is not receiving
attentive care. If your loved one has developed a bedsore at a nursing
facility, an experienced Fort Lauderdale nursing home abuse lawyer at
Kelley/Uustal may be able to help you. Give our office a call today to
learn more about your rights. You may be entitled to compensation.
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