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Bedsores and Nursing Home Abuse

Houston Nursing Home Attorneys Explain Bedsores and the Connection to Neglect or Abuse

When your loved one is in a nursing home, you expect they will be protected and treated with dignity. However, not all nursing homes are up to the task. An underqualified, overworked nursing home staff can fail to meet their duty to properly care for their residents. When this happens, one indication of active neglect could be the development of bedsores. Also called pressure ulcers, bedsores most commonly affect the mobility-impaired who have limited or no means of moving or turning their bodies without assistance.

Bedsores are most likely to occur at points of the body that are exposed to extended pressure, most commonly, areas of the body with bony prominences, including the ankles, elbows, heels, and hips. Because the mobility-impaired are more likely to be situated in one position for long periods of time, regular movement assistance is important to keep bedsores at bay. Nursing home staff are supposed to be attentive to the possibility of bedsores and check frequently for tears to the skin to ensure bedsores don’t develop slowly over time. Almost all bedsores are preventable with a little foresight and attention. Bedsores are a serious health hazard that can quickly cause infection and other progressively worse symptoms that may lead to death if the bedsore is not discovered and treated quickly.

Legal action is sometimes necessary when you learn that your loved one suffers from bedsores in a nursing home. It may be useful to contact a nursing home abuse attorney in Houston, so you can seek justice for your senior and recoup any financial compensation for medical bills associated with bedsores, as well as any damages for pain and suffering.

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If you’re suspicious that your loved one has facility-acquired bedsores that could have been prevented with proper care, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.

Speak to a nursing home abuse attorney in Houston at Haines Law, P.C. to discuss your legal rights. Book your appointment with Haines Law, P.C. online or call us at (281) 975-0031 today.

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