Bedsores are always a risk for patients who cannot move on their own, but that risk may be exacerbated now, as hospitals and nursing homes face greater demands amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed healthcare facilities and nursing homes, many of which were already struggling to meet patients’ needs as a result of a lack of funding and an inadequate staff-to-patient ratio. Now, as nursing homes face the reality of needing to provide care to bedridden COVID-19 patients, more and more patients may be at an increased risk of harm from neglect. One of the most common types of injuries resulting from neglect is that of bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers. If your loved one has developed bedsores as a result of nursing home neglect, please call our experienced nursing home abuse lawyer at the office of Tetzel Law, LLC.
What Are Bedsores?
Bedsores are painful sores that are developed on an area of the skin as a result of prolonged pressure to the area – they result from a person lying in bed for too long in the same position, and therefore often disproportionately affected bedridden elderly patients. Often occurring on the heels, tailbone, elbows, shoulder blades, and spine, pressure ulcers can be deadly in severe cases, increasing the risk of complications like cellulitis, bone and joint infections, cancer, and sepsis.
Bedsores are easy to prevent: a person who is bedridden simply needs to reposition themselves on a routine basis to avoid stress on the skin. Unfortunately, an elderly person who is weakened by illness or injury may be unable to move themselves, therefore relying on a nursing home staff member to assist. If the nursing home is overburdened, a bedridden patient may not get the care they need and deserve, resulting in pressure ulcers.
Who’s Liable for Bedsores?
Bedsores in a nursing home are often an indication of nursing home neglect, or even intentional nursing home abuse in some cases. If the bedsores have developed as a result of the nursing home breaching its duty of care to the nursing home resident, and if actual damages have been incurred–such as additional medical expenses, pain and suffering, etc.–then the nursing home may be held legally responsible for those damages. If you’re unsure of whether you have a claim or don’t know who’s liable or what steps to take, you should reach out to an experienced Massachusetts nursing home abuse attorney.
Call the Office of Tetzel Law, LLC Today
Bedsore injuries are incredibly painful, and can lead to severe health complications. At Tetzel Law, LLC, we believe that all nursing home residents deserve to be treated with the highest degree of care, and that nursing homes that breach this duty of care should be held liable for their actions. To learn more about nursing home neglect and abuse and steps to take if you think you have a case, please reach out to one of our Massachusetts nursing home abuse lawyers. We offer free consultations – you can connect with us by sending us a message directly or calling us at (617) 742-1700.