Nursing Home Abuse: Bed Sores and Pressure Sores
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many shapes and forms. One type of abuse or neglect that is all too common in nursing homes is bedsores, also known as pressures, decubitus ulcer, and pressure ulcers. But regardless of what type of injury an elderly loved one has sustained as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, you should call an experienced Irvine nursing home abuse lawyer as they may be entitled to compensation.
Causes of Bed Sores
Bedsores are caused when there is unrelieved and excessive pressure under the skin. They often occur from lack of attention by the nursing home staff and improper medical care. This type of injury can be very serious to an elderly and can cause severe health risks, infections or even death. Bedsore typically affect the parts of the body where the bone and skin come in very close contact, such as the back, elbow, or hips. The elderly at nursing home facilities or hospitals are prone to bedsores because they are generally in sedentary positions or wheelchairs.
The Stunning Statistics
According to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), approximately 1 out of 10 nursing home residents suffer from bedsores or pressure sores. While this is an alarming number, it is not a new problem. Bedsores have been a concern in nursing home facilities for many decades. If an elderly enters a nursing home with bedsores, it is the responsibility of that facility to properly address the injury and ensure that it does not get worse. Unfortunately, all too often these individuals do not get the proper medical attention they need and the bedsores worsen, leading to more medical problems.
Bedsores? We Can Help
The Irvine nursing home abuse lawyers at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas are experts in bedsore cases. We can help you and your elderly loved one get the justice and money damages that you deserve. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with an experienced attorney, call us 1-888-848-5084.