When a person lays in one position for a substantial period of time, the skin reacts negatively to the pressure and a pressure ulcer or bedsore will form. Bedsores are a painful and potentially very dangerous skin lesion, especially in older individuals. Individuals with limited mobility, either due to their increased age or a medical condition, develop bedsores due to their inability to change positions in bed or in a chair and due to their low level of activity.
Those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are at especially high risk of developing bedsores. Unfortunately, many family members or loved ones of nursing home residents discovery “hot spots” or skin lesions before or after they develop into dangerous bedsores. In some instances, bedsores are not a sign of neglect by nursing home staff; however, in many cases bedsores are a result of negligent or failure to provide sufficient care and attention to nursing home residents.
The length of time it takes for bedsores to develop in a function of many factors, including a person’s weight, age, health, and other factors. In some instances, bedsores can develop in a number of hours, if the skin has a substantial amount of weight or pressure upon it. In many instances, bedsores take days to develop. Often bedsores develop overnight due to the immobility of a nursing home resident and their inability to move in their sleep.
Fortunately, most bedsores are treatable, if identified and treated early enough. Nursing homes are required to regularly check and move residents that are bedridden to ensure pressure sores or bedsores do not develop. Nursing homes that regularly conduct checks of residents for bedsores, enforce policies to prevent them, and use proper procedure to treat bedsores may meet their duty of care.
Negligence and Bedsores
Bedsores that remain untreated can and will become dangerous to the life and health of the person suffering from them. Additionally, they are very painful. Untreated bedsores can become infected and these infections often spread to other parts of the body, including bones and surrounding organs. Developed bedsores can become septic and can fester after being left unattended for multiple days. Septic bedsores typically require surgical intervention to prevent future infection or even death.
Nursing home facilities and their staff that fail to regularly move and check residents for bedsores may be held liable for the failure to do so. Nursing homes can and should be held accountable when their failure to supervise and monitor residents results in bedsores and other medical conditions. An experienced nursing home negligence attorney can assist you in understanding your family’s options and how to proceed with the legal issues related to nursing home negligence and nursing home neglect.
Contact – Cannon & Associates: Oklahoma Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys
Suffering nursing home negligence or nursing home neglect can result in serious consequences or even death to you or a loved one. Bedsores can develop quickly and proper care must be taken to ensure that monitoring of pressure sores or bedsores do not develop. At Cannon & Associates, our nursing home negligence attorneys have the experience and expertise needed to navigate your nursing home negligent or neglect case in Oklahoma. Contact Cannon & Associates by completing the CONTACT FORM ON THIS PAGE NOW or CALL at 405-657-2323 for a free confidential case evaluation.