Throughout our years of representing clients in nursing home neglect cases, bedsores are the number one complaint victims bring to us. With sores up to the size of grapefruits reported, these wounds can be excruciatingly painful and even fatal if untreated and allowed to become infected. At Walker Wallace PLC, we are dedicated to ensuring that nursing homes provide kind, compassionate, quality treatment. When we learn of cases of serious neglect or treatment at the hands of an uncaring facility, we pursue the responsible parties with dogged determination.

Knowing what causes bedsores is the first step in prevention

The existence of bedsores (or pressure sores) is a common indicator of nursing home neglect. Bedsores occur after long periods in bed or in a wheelchair without proper care or movement. Being immobile or inactive puts patients at higher risk of developing pressure sores. The severity of these wounds can vary greatly, and they frequently cause serious infections, including sepsis. Nursing home staff should be well-trained in how to prevent bedsores, including:

  • Repositioning, relocating or off-loading
  • Helping patients lie at the proper angle to reduce pressure on vulnerable areas
  • Employing pressure-relieving items, such as pillows, boots, or foam padding
  • Making sure bedding and clothing are dry
  • Checking residents daily for possible signs of bedsores forming
  • Being aware of residents who are at a higher risk of forming sores

If the nursing home staff fails to protect patients from bedsores, the staff and the nursing home itself may be found negligent and responsible for monetary damages. At Walker Wallace PLC, we investigate all claims of nursing home neglect and fight vigorously for you.

Certain medical conditions make bedsores more likely

In addition to the increased likelihood of bedsores related to immobility or inactivity, other medical ailments can make a patient more susceptible to bedsores. The Mayo Clinic lists certain conditions that can increase the risk of bedsores, including:

  • Age
  • Weight loss
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Medical conditions affecting circulation
  • Decreased mental awareness
  • Lack of sensory perception
  • Poor nutrition and hydration
  • Excess moisture or dryness
  • Smoking
  • Muscle spasms

Knowing the causes and conditions that make bedsores possible is the first step in preventing your loved one from suffering this painful and dangerous symptom of elder abuse.

Contact our Louisville, KY, law office today for a free initial consultation

Walker Wallace PLC provides an unrivaled commitment to giving you the quality legal services you deserve. Our office is located away from downtown in convenient Soutend. If needed, we offer night and weekend appointments and make bedside calls to hospitals and nursing homes. Call us today for an appointment at 502-937-1125 or contact us online.