Holding Doctors Accountable for Unnecessary Injuries

NYC Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Patients in medical facilities or nursing homes should be able to trust that the medical team will take proper care of them. Unfortunately, many people suffer painful or even life-threatening injuries and complications that are completely preventable with proper care. When medical professionals fail to meet the necessary standard of care, injured patients have important legal rights.

The law firm of Sinel & Olesen, PLLC, handles medical malpractice claims arising from many types of situations. If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of medical negligence, you should not hesitate to contact our New York medical malpractice attorneys directly to discuss your legal options.

Medical Malpractice Claims from Bedsores

Research indicates that about 2.5 million people in the United States develop bedsores each year. Bedsores are also known as pressure ulcers, and they form when someone’s position in a bed or wheelchair is not regularly adjusted. When someone develops bedsores, they then require additional treatment to resolve the problem and prevent complications. Researchers estimate that bedsore treatment costs billions of dollars annually.

Some of the common causes of bedsores include the following:

  • Staff members fail to turn a patient over or move them every two hours
  • Facilities do not have pressure-relieving mattresses
  • No cushioning was provided to relieve pressure
  • Patients do not have their bedding or clothing changed or kept dry
  • Patients are not properly nourished and hydrated
  • Staff members fail to properly inspect patients for redness or other signs of forming ulcers
  • Staff members do not provide treatment for existing bedsores

Bedsores are preventable, yet they continue to occur in hospitals and nursing homes on a regular basis, increasing the medical bills of patients and causing them unnecessary pain. In some cases, bedsores can become infected and can even be fatal if not treated. Bedsores should not happen, and when they do, patients can hold negligent medical providers and facilities liable for medical malpractice.

Patients who suffer bedsores can incur many losses, including:

  • Medical bills to treat the bedsores and complications
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost earnings due to extended hospitalization

Whether bedsores occur in a hospital environment or at a nursing home, medical malpractice claims can be challenging. Medical facilities and professionals have insurers that know how to defend against liability for medical malpractice, and these companies will work to limit payouts to patients whenever possible. It is important to seek legal representation from an experienced medical malpractice attorney in New York City. The right lawyer will determine how much compensation you deserve and will handle the entire claim process for you.

Contact a New York City Medical Malpractice Attorney for Help

The legal team at Sinel & Olesen, PLLC know that patients should not have to deal with the pain and cost of bedsores or other injuries due to medical negligence. We stand up for the rights of patients and nursing home residents, and we can advise you of your rights.

Call (844) 512-4098 or contact us online for a free consultation today.

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What causes bedsores and pressure sores?

People develop bed sores when they don’t receive adequate medical attention. This results in an open wound and irritated skin patches that are caused by friction or unrelieved/prolonged pressure.

Although a bed sore can develop almost anywhere, the most common areas of the body to develop them are:

  • the backside
  • the buttocks
  • heels
  • ankles
  • hips
  • the head

Diagram showing bedsore causes

Can I sue for bedsores?

Yes. Once a family places a loved one in a nursing home, they should expect that they will not be injured due to neglect or abuse.
Bedsores are one of the most common preventable, avoidable injuries in nursing homes.

Why are some people at risk for bedsores or pressure sores?

Anyone who relies on heathcare staff to reposition them is at greater risk since failure to do this can cause bedsores to develop.

Even for elderly and immobile patients, bedsores are completely preventable if the staff uses proper precautions and ensures that residents receive adequate care.

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.