Are Bedsores a Sign of Nursing Home Abuse?
During a recent visit to a loved one staying in a nursing home, you may have noticed bedsores on their body. These sores are often painful, and they can cause serious health problems. Worse, you may be worried these bedsores are happening because your loved one is being neglected.
If you’re concerned a loved one may have been injured because of a neglectful nursing home, contact a personal injury lawyer who’s experienced with nursing home abuse lawsuits at Anderson & Anderson. They have the tools you need to determine whether your relative has been abused and what you can do about it.
What Are Bed Sores?
Bedsores, or pressure sores, are ulcers or damage to the skin. These sores occur when a patient is left in one position too long, whether that’s in a bed or wheelchair. If a nursing home resident is unable to move, nurses or other trained staff are expected to move them regularly, so these sores don’t develop.
When they do develop, they can become painful, and they may be difficult to overcome. Worse, these sores can become infected. That can be a deadly problem, especially if your loved one already has a weakened immune system.
Proving Neglect in a Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit
Because bedsores can develop due to neglect, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the nursing home they were staying in. Staff members are expected to take care of the residents, and when they fail to do that, they may be held accountable for their actions.
Your nursing home abuse lawyer can be a vital part of this lawsuit. Your lawyer can first help you move your elderly loved one to a safer location, where they can get the care they need. They can also help you collect evidence, from their medical exams to statements from eyewitnesses.
Once you have the information you need, you may be able to file a lawsuit on their behalf. If your family member is unable to stand trial for their claim, you may seek guardianship for them. That grants you the power to file a claim on their behalf, while they get the treatment and care they need.
Get Help from a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Knowing your loved one is suffering can impact your family in harsh ways. But you need to know what your options are to help your loved one before you take action for their nursing home neglect.
Luckily, the personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson are here to fight for your justice. They will help you prove negligence and seek compensation for your family. Start with a free consultation by calling 813-251-0072 or by completing the online contact form below.