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Many residents in nursing homes must cope with having limited mobility. Those who are not fully able-bodied often, as a result of confinement to a wheelchair or prolonged disability, rely on caretakers and medical providers to help them perform daily tasks, such as eating, going to the bathroom, and shifting positions to become more comfortable. Devastatingly, residents who need the most care are often neglected, mistreated, or even abused by nursing home staff. One particular danger prevalent in nursing homes is the development of bed sores in residents who remain in the same position for long amounts of time. Bed sores are pressure ulcers that occur when the skin and underlying tissue are injured from a lack of blood flow. Sometimes, residents who lack the ability to independently care for themselves are not periodically shifted in their beds or wheelchairs, developing these ulcers as a result. This often occurs in understaffed nursing facilities with inexperienced medical providers. These injuries are painful, infectious, and life-threatening. Caretakers are supposed to be extensively trained to prevent bed sores, especially because residents with limited mobility can be helpless to prevent them.
When those who require medical assistance most are neglected by the people entrusted with their health and safety, the result can be life-threatening. At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, our impassioned Chicago bed sores attorneys believe neglecting those who are at their most vulnerable is unacceptable. These injuries are a major indication of nursing home neglect and medical malpractice. While we regret that your loved one was subjected to this injury, our adept legal team is ready to hold negligent parties accountable for the suffering they have caused.
Bed sores usually occur on parts of the body that don’t have a lot of fat or muscle, such as hips, joints, elbows, ankles, and heels. Nursing home residents are at a much higher risk of bed sores than the regular population because they are more likely to remain sedentary for hours at a time. Bed sores can be caused by:
These factors are mainly caused by a lack of attention and improper medical care. The severity of bed sores is categorized in four stages and, while bed sores are complicated to treat, they can be managed by proper medical attention, repositioning body weight, and surgery.
It can be very difficult to approach the realization that a loved one is being abused or neglected. The dedicated bed sores lawyers at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can support and guide you through the entire legal process of holding careless parties accountable. This experience can take a large emotional toll, but you may be able to recover and heal without the burden of financial strain from costly medical treatment. Don’t hesitate to contact our Chicago offices at (312) 346-8620 to discuss the details of your case.