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.
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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