Filing a Lawsuit for Nursing Home Bedsores in NYC
We all want the best for our elderly loved ones, and we expect that relocating them to an assisted-care facility or nursing home in New York will be a smart move. We expect that their caregivers will do what they’re supposed to do: care.
That’s not always the case, though. Unfortunately, millions of elders across the nation suffer from nursing home neglect – and that neglect often has tragic results. Many elderly people right here in New York suffer from bedsores (commonly called pressure ulcers), which can lead to life-threatening infections. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that about 11 percent of nursing home residents have at least one bedsore.
Unfortunately, pressure ulcers can develop very quickly. They progress rapidly, and in many cases, they’re not reported to the family because the people who discover them are protecting themselves… not your loved one.
The worst part is that bedsores are almost always preventable.
What to Do if You Notice Bedsores on Your Loved One
The first thing you should always do if your loved one has bedsores is raise your concerns with the attending physician or with the nursing home director. There are four stages of bedsores, and each one becomes progressively more dangerous; if you catch them early enough, you may be able to save your loved one’s life.
Stage 1: Reddened skin that is moderately to extremely irritated.
Stage 2: The skin might break open. It can look like a blister, a scrape, or even a crater.
Stage 3: The hole in the skin becomes a definite crater.
Stage 4: The pressure ulcer is very deep at this point, usually going through muscle; sometimes it extends all the way to the bone.
A Stage 4 bedsore causes severe harm, and in most cases, it’s irreversible.
Filing a Lawsuit over Your Loved One’s Bedsores
When someone suffers from bedsores, federal regulations state that they need to be treated. In fact, nursing home staffers are required to try to prevent them from even occurring in the first place.
If your loved one suffers from bedsores that could have reasonably been prevented, you may be able to file a lawsuit on his or her behalf.
There is no reason that your father, mother or other family member should be forced to live with the pain caused by someone else’s neglect.
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