Representing Clients Suffering from Preventable Bedsores in New York
Bedsores are a common problem in hospitals and nursing homes, though they do not have to be. These painful and, often, serious wounds can be prevented with the right care from medical professionals, nursing home staff, and other caretakers. Unfortunately, bedsores continue to be a constant problem for the sick or elderly because they are neglected by those they should trust.
When persistent bedsores result in pain and losses for patients or nursing home residents, the law gives them the right to hold negligent parties accountable. These claims can be complicated, and facilities will fight liability whenever they can. It is important to seek help from an experienced bedsore lawyer at Sinel & Olesen, PLLC, as soon as possible.
The Basis for Bedsore Claims
Bedsores are wounds that can form when there is relentless pressure to a part of the body. When someone is ill or has physical limitations, they may be constantly in a wheelchair, unable to move from a bed, or even unable to roll over on their own. If medical staff fails to regularly shift patients or nursing home residents, the constant pressure can result in bedsores in different locations on the body, such as:
- Lower back
- Shoulder blades
- Back of the head
- Back of the legs or arms
- Along the spine
These pressure sores are open ulcers, which can cause serious pain and suffering. Many complications can develop, including infections of the skin, soft tissue, bones, or joints. Severe and long-term cases may lead to sepsis or a type of carcinoma. Bedsores can result in costly medical bills for treatment of complications, and they can cause mental and physical distress of patients.
The Rights of Bedsore Victims
Hospitals and nursing homes owe patients and residents a specific standard of care. This can include identifying the risk of possible bedsores and taking the necessary steps to prevent ulcers from forming. When facilities fail to do so, the patient can suffer harm and may have the right to seek compensation from the negligent parties.
Some legal issues that can arise in bedsore lawsuits include the following:
A skilled attorney can review your situation and determine what type of lawsuit is appropriate in your situation. Taking legal action can result in compensation for a variety of losses, including medical bills for treatment of the bedsores or related complications, as well as intangible pain and suffering.
Contact an Experienced New York City Bedsore Lawyer for Help Today
QUESTIONS/ANSWERSFrequently Asked Questions
Bedsores occur when individuals don't receive proper care, leading to open wounds and skin irritation caused by friction or pressure on the skin. Common areas for bedsores include the backside, buttocks, and bony areas like heels, ankles, hips, and the head.
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