Sometimes, moving an elderly loved one into a nursing home may be the best option for them, especially when their family or children work full-time and are too busy to provide full-time care for them. Most people who put their elderly loved ones in nursing homes expect a certain level of attention and care in exchange for compensation, i.e. the family or elderly loved pays money to a nursing home and expects proper care and treatment of their loved one.

However, this contract is often breached when nursing home residents are maltreated, abused, and/or neglected. One of the common signs of neglect in a nursing home is the development and failure to treat bedsores or pressure sores. Bedsores can be deadly as they can create an opening for secondary infections capable of killing the resident.

Whether your loved one has suffered bedsores or complications from bedsores leading to their death, it is almost certainly due in part to nursing home negligence. The loss of a loved one or their development of level 2 bedsores, level 3 bedsores, or level 4 bedsores, will certainly raise questions for the family. Some of these questions will relate to whether or not you can sue the nursing home.

If you are wondering whether or not you have a legal basis to sue a nursing home after discovering bedsores, the answer is YES! Serious bedsores are almost always due to nursing home negligence and our justice system provides victims of negligence the right to seek damages and justice for nursing home abuse and neglect. 

How can I prove the Nursing Home Is Liable for My Loved One’s Bedsores or Wrongful Death?

When suing a nursing home for negligence or abuse, you must prove your case. In order to prove nursing home negligence or abuse, you or your Oklahoma nursing home lawyer will be required to prove the bedsores in and around your loved one’s pressure areas like the hips, ankles, heels, and shoulder blade was due to neglect from the nursing home and its staff. To prove this, your Oklahoma nursing home lawyer will need strong evidence. In fact, an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer may be able to help you build your case and develop a strategy to seek justice.

Your Oklahoma nursing home lawyer will want to present evidence of the following to support your claim that the bedsores or wrongful death were caused due to negligence or abuse of the nursing home and its staff:

– Documents explaining the nursing home’s hiring and training practices or lack of nursing home training 

– Documents and evidence supporting understaffing in the facility

– Deposition from residents or staff to support the issues in your case, including prior instances of neglect or others that have suffered the same or similar fate on account of the nursing home’s negligence.

– All medical records of the victim, including records from the nursing home and other facilities or treatment when your loved one left the nursing home for acute care or a hospital.

– Surveillance videos or evidence documenting neglect, understaffing, abuse, and the nursing home staff’s failure to provide proper care and attention. 

What Can My Family Recover in Damages After Suing A Nursing Home for Bedsores?

Victims and their families that have experienced nursing home neglect or abuse may be able to recover a variety of forms of damages in a wrongful death or nursing home negligence case. Damages come in two primary forms Economic Damages and Non-Economic Damages. The factors that determine the amount of Economic Damages and Non-Economic Damages are determined by a number of factors, including some of the following:

  • Medical expenses incurred in the treatment of the condition
  • Future medical bills
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Mental Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  • Loss of Use of a body part or limb
  • Suffering
  • Emotional Distress, inconvenience, grief, anxiety, humiliation, etc.
  • Emotional distress caused by the condition

The continued risk of future medical complications and injury due to nursing home neglect resulting in bedsores cannot be quantified. The unknown aspect of damages caused by nursing home neglect is highlighted with elderly victims, due to old age and the lack of strong immune systems, elderly loved ones who have been affected by bedsores may find it hard to heal in time. In addition to this, complications may arise which may lead to the death of the victim.

Contact – Cannon & Associates: Oklahoma Fierce Advocates for Nursing Home Abuse and Wrongful Death Victims

If your elderly loved one has suffered bedsores or has died due to complications resulting from nursing home neglect or bedsores, while in a nursing home, you need experienced nursing home attorneys to spearhead your case. Cannon & Associates stands ready to be Your Fierce Advocate and will fight for your interests and justice in your case.

Founder John Cannon has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top 40 under 40. Contact Cannon & Associates by completing the CONTACT FORM ON THIS PAGE NOW or CALL at 405-657-2323 for a free confidential case evaluation.