While bedsores certainly look unpleasant, it’s important to realize they can also be incredibly dangerous, making their prevention incredibly vital. Nursing home residents are at great risk of bedsores due to their age as well as various medical conditions they may be experiencing, making this a matter of particular concern for all those caring for these individuals.

Unfortunately, individuals in nursing homes with bedsores happen far too often, leading to a need for a bedsore lawyer in Brooklyn, NY or wherever the individual is located to take on their case and ensure they get the compensation they deserve. This is because bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, are typically a sign of negligence and can often be a sign of much greater abuse and neglect. Here, we’ll discuss three prevention methods all nursing homes should be following to ensure their residents do not end up with bedsores.

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1. Repositioning and Adequate Cushioning

As already mentioned, bedsores are also called “pressure ulcers.” This alludes to how a bedsore forms, developing when blood supply is cut off to the skin for more than two to three hours and the skin begins to die, something that can easily occur when an individual is left in a position unable to move for too long. Nursing home residents are often immobile and need assistance moving, which is why bedsores easily form on their bodies, especially if they do not have good cushioning beneath them. If you notice bedsores on your loved one’s body, a NY bedsore attorney can help determine whether it is a sign of greater neglect.

2. Ensure the Individual’s Skin is Getting Proper Care

Hygiene is of utmost importance for all individuals, including those in nursing homes. When an individual cannot bathe themself, nursing home staff must ensure they are getting proper hygiene care. This includes ensuring they are getting bathed regularly and their skin is being cleaned regularly. The staff needs to be certain their skin is free from moisture and, in instances where individuals suffer from incontinence issues, the individual is free from fecal matter and urine. All of these issues can not only lead to bedsores but can also lead to deep infections if a bedsore were to develop.

3. Ensuring Residents’ Nutritional Needs Are Met

Nutrition is important at all stages of our life. This includes our senior years, as having a healthy diet protects older individuals and ensures they are healthy enough to fight off any potential problems that may arise, including problems with their skin. Having a proper diet ensures all their needs are met regarding caloric intake, fluids, vitamins, and minerals. If these needs are not met, an individual can become susceptible to many problems, including malnutrition, which can quickly lead to issues including weight loss and bedsores.

It is vital to contact a bedsore lawyer in Suffolk County or your area if you notice any signs of neglect, including bedsores, weight loss, or issues with your loved ones’ hygiene. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your own loved ones’ situation, contact us today at Sinel & Oleson, PLLC, and we will be happy to discuss the next steps that need to be taken in your case.

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My attorney was meticulous, intelligent, and had an exceptional demeanor with the judge and jurors. When the Jury verdict was returned in our favor I hugged my lawyer and cried. It wasn’t just the money that was so satisfying, it was being in the Courtroom with the doctor and their lawyers when the Judge told them the jury found them responsible.

France P.

We were not only pleased with the monetary award, but to see these facilities held accountable, we finally had some closure. I would recommend Sinel & Olesen, PLLC, to any family with a case involving bedsores or medical issues against a nursing home or hospital.

Lisle B.

Elliot Sinel was our trial attorney and our whole family watched the jury trial unfold for two weeks. Watching our lawyer cross exam the defendant doctors and nurses and exposing their neglect in the care for our father gave us all a great sense of satisfaction. The jury awarded us a tremendous sum of money and we all felt vindicated…

Terrence H.

Sinel & Olesen, PLLC, never told me to settle, instead they brought the case to trial and combined, a jury gave us close to a million dollars. I was very impressed by the trial attorney and the medical expert surgeon that my lawyers brought to court to testify.

Suzanne F.

Before the case went to trial, Elliot Sinel convinced the insurance company for the nursing home to pay us a large award. My sisters and I always knew that the medical negligence caused my father to suffer. The settlement gave us a feeling that the facility finally acknowledged their wrongdoing…

Ana B.