Representing Clients Suffering from Preventable Bedsores in and around NYC

New York Bedsore Lawsuit Attorneys

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
  • Tailbone
  • Shoulder blades
  • Back of the head
  • Back of the legs or arms
  • Along the spine
  • Hips
  • Heels
  • Ankles

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

New York law only gives injured individuals a certain amount of time to file a lawsuit for negligence leading to injuries such as bedsores, or for the wrongful death of a loved one due to bedsore complications. If you or a family member suffered harm due to preventable bedsores, you should not delay in seeking help from the right New York bedsore lawyer.

Call Sinel & Olesen, PLLC at 212-465-1000 or contact us online for a free consultation today.


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

People frequently develop bed sores when they do not receive adequate medical attention. This injury results in open wounds and irritated skin patches that are caused by friction, unrelieved pressure, or when prolonged pressure is placed on the skin. Although a bed sore can develop almost anywhere, the most common areas of the body prone to develop the wounds include the backside and buttocks as well as bony areas such as heels, ankles, hips and head.

Absolutely. Once a family has made the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, they have a right to expect that their loved one will not be injured as a result of neglect or abuse. In fact, bedsores are one of the most common preventable, avoidable injuries in nursing homes.
Aside from bed sores, the elderly are also at risk for associated complications like:
• Inadequate wound care leading to infections
• Dehydration, malnutrition, and failure to provide sufficient quantities of food
• Over or improper medication
• Lack of supervision due to their immobility from bedsores, leading to falls
• Poor hygiene
Elderly and immobile patients rely on heath care staff at nursing homes and hospitals to reposition them at least every two hours and provide a level of care that meets required standards in New York. Failure to do this often causes bedsores to develop. In almost every case, bed sores are completely preventable if the health care staff implements the proper precautions and ensures that the resident receives adequate care.