Chicago Bedsores Attorneys

If your loved one is suffering from bedsores due to nursing home abuse, contact Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC for help. Bedsores are pressure ulcers that occur when the skin and underlying tissue are injured by a lack of blood flow. Sometimes, residents, who cannot independently care for themselves, are not periodically shifted in their beds or wheelchairs, which leads to the development of bedsores.

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 bedsores, especially because residents with limited mobility are helpless to prevent them.

When people who need the most medical attention are neglected by the people entrusted with their health and safety, the results can be life-threatening. At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, our impassioned Chicago bedsores 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. Contact us at (312) 346-8620 so we can set up a consultation and begin representing you.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Finding out that your relatives have been neglected to the point where they develop bedsores can be stressful and infuriating. If it happens, your first priority should be making sure that your loved one gets the help that they need right away. While you focus on that, the experienced attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC will focus on representing you. We can deal with the nursing home and, if necessary, the courts to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. We can worry about the paperwork while you worry about your relatives.

Getting the compensation that you need can be difficult, no matter how much you deserve it. Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can make this difficult task much easier. We can negotiate with the nursing home directly to get your loved one the help they deserve as quickly and cheaply as possible. If needed, we can even go to the courts and require the nursing home to compensate you.

You don’t need to take on the nursing home on your own; we are here to help. Don’t wait. Contact us right away by calling (312) 346-8620 to set up a consultation.

Why Should I Choose Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC?

Nursing homes are given the great responsibility of taking care of our elderly loved ones. The lawyers at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC are dedicated to making sure that they live up to that responsibility, and for years we have done just that. We have won hundreds of thousands of dollars in individual nursing home abuse cases, including cases where the elderly victim suffered from serious bedsores. Our lawyers make sure that our clients get the compensation that they deserve. Our knowledge, experience, and results all show that we can properly represent you and fight for the rights of your elderly loved ones.

Cases That We Handle

When a nursing home neglects one of their patients to the point that they develop bedsores, it can cause a lot of problems. These include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Disfigurement

The expenses caused by elder neglect can pile up quickly, and you should not have to bear the burden. You and your loved ones can be compensated for the damage that you have suffered at the hands of the nursing home.

Nursing homes can carry liability insurance to deal with cases of neglect and abuse, but Illinois law does not require them to have this kind of insurance. It is possible that the nursing home might not be able to cover the expenses for all the damage they have caused. However, Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC is here to make sure that you are not left with all the expenses. We can negotiate with the nursing home to get you the best deal possible and make sure the nursing home pays what they can. We have done this before, and we can do it again for you. Don’t wait, contact us today so we can give you the help that you need.

Causes of Bedsores

Bedsores 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 bedsores than the regular population because they are more likely to remain sedentary for hours at a time. Bedsores can be caused by:

  • Sustained pressure
  • Friction
  • Shear (when two surfaces move in opposite directions)
  • Moisture

These factors are mainly caused by a lack of attention and improper medical care. The severity of bedsores is categorized into four stages and, while bedsores are complicated to treat, they can be managed by proper medical attention, repositioning body weight, and surgery.

The Stages of Bedsores

The CDC estimates that about 2 to 28 percent of nursing home residents currently suffer from bedsores. They are a serious medical condition and one of the most telling measures of the quality of clinical care in healthcare facilities.

To help identify whether your relative or loved one is suffering from bedsores and how serious they are, a classification system has been developed. The most common system for staging bedsores classifies them based on the depth of soft tissue damage, ranging from the least to the most severe. The stages are as follows:

  • Stage 1: Persistent redness of skin
  • Stage 2: Loss of partial thickness of skin appearing as an abrasion, blister, or shallow crater
  • Stage 3: Loss of full thickness of skin, presenting as a deep crater
  • Stage 4: The most severe loss of thickness of skin, exposing muscle or bone.

Guidelines for treatments are also recommended, including proper wound care. Those who work in nursing homes or other residential care facilities should be properly trained in how to identify and care for pressure ulcer wounds. If these wounds are recurrent, then it is possible that proper policies are not in place, staff workers haven’t been properly trained, or they have been negligent in their duty of care.

A professional bedsore attorney can evaluate your case, discuss your claim, and hold negligent parties accountable for the injuries to your loved one.

Pressure Ulcers Among Nursing Home Residents Statistics

Bedsores can occur on residents in any medical care facility that provides live-in care for the ill, injured, or disabled. However, they are alarmingly common in nursing homes and can be very costly to treat.

Recent studies produced by the Division of Health Care Statistics for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified some disturbing facts about the prevalence and severity of bedsores, or pressure ulcers, among nursing home residents in the United States.

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, they may be one of the almost 25% of the total number of nursing home residents who develop a pressure ulcer this year.

Annually, nearly 2.5 million nursing home residents in America develop some kind of pressure ulcer. Nearly 60,000 nursing home residents die each year as the direct result of pressure ulcers.

Other things you should be aware of include:

  • Age, sex, and time spent in the nursing home affected the prevalence of pressure ulcers. Race did not.
  • Residents over the age of 64 were less likely to have pressure ulcers than younger residents.
  • Residents who had lived in a nursing home for less than a year were more likely to have pressure ulcers than those who had lived in a nursing home for longer.
  • Only 35 percent of nursing home residents with more than mild bedsores received special wound care.

If you are concerned that your loved one may be suffering from pressure ulcers, don’t hesitate to investigate and seek care for the wounds.

A 2010 study, Pressure Ulcers: What Clinicians Need to Know, found that in 2006, almost $11 billion was spent in the United States on hospital stays where bedsores were a primary or secondary diagnosis.

This study also reported that the cost of caring for one pressure ulcer ranges from $3,500 to over $60,000 depending on the stage of the ulcer. The study also quoted famed nurse, Florence Nightingale, who said: “If he has a bedsore, it’s generally not the fault of the disease, but of the nursing.”

The significant cost of treating bedsores, and the often-preventable nature of the condition, shows that individuals deserve compensation for bedsores that result from nursing home negligence or abuse.

Researchers and regulators are constantly searching for ways to help better prevent bedsores in nursing homes. However, until negligent care providers are held accountable, justice can’t be done for victims of nursing home abuse or neglect who suffer from bedsores.

At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, we are committed to holding negligent and abusive nursing homes accountable.  If you believe that their bedsores are caused by the negligent health care practices of the facility, call a professional bedsore attorney immediately to discuss your case.

Nursing Home Bedsores Frequently Asked Questions

Bedsores are often the result of abuse or neglect. They can be painful, lead to infections, and even become fatal without proper medical treatment. We know you’re faced with difficult decisions and might not know how to handle this situation.

The legal team at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC is ready to help. We want to help you prepare an effective plan and learn the necessary steps to recover the maximum financial compensation your loved one deserves. We have answered the most commonly asked questions after clients discover their family members suffered bedsores in a nursing home.

Where do bedsores usually occur?

Bedsores can form on many areas of the body. It depends on the circumstances surrounding the abuse or neglect. Many residents suffer bedsores on their buttocks from sitting in a wheelchair unattended for too long. Others get them on their back when the nurse doesn’t turn them regularly enough.

Immobile patients are susceptible to medical issues because they’re unable to sit up, stand, or walk on their own. They require a nurse to assist them in and out of a wheelchair or turn them over in bed, so they’re not in one position for too long.

Neglected nursing home residents can end up with bedsores on the following areas of their body:

  • Heels and ankles
  • Backs of the legs or arms
  • Tailbone or buttocks area
  • Sides and back of the head
  • Lower back and hips
  • Shoulders and shoulder blades
  • Along the spine
  • Knees

What should I do if my loved one has bedsores?

Take them to a doctor immediately. Since bedsores can be a sign of abuse or neglect, you shouldn’t rely on the nursing home physician or nurse to treat them. Bring them to a medical provider you trust to ensure that appropriate care is given and prevent infections or other complications from developing.

What happens if bedsores go untreated?

Without immediate and adequate medical care, bedsores can lead to serious medical conditions. Common complications can include:

  • Sepsis – Sepsis results from bacteria entering a person’s bloodstream through an open sore. This type of infection can cause tissue damage, organ failure, and difficulty breathing. When septic shock occurs, blood clots form and prevent blood from flowing to vital organs. In severe cases, the patient could die.
  • Cancer – Chronic wounds that don’t heal can facilitate the growth of cancerous cells. Squamous cell carcinoma can develop, a type of skin cancer that can lead to death.
  • Cellulitis – Cellulitis is inflammation of connective tissue and skin. Common symptoms are swelling around the affected area, warmth, and redness. Serious complications can occur, such as tissue damage and tissue death. Cellulitis could lead to meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes and fluid around the brain and spinal cord.
  • Bone and joint infections – An infection from a bedsore could make its way to the bones and joints. Also called septic arthritis, joint infections can damage tissue and cartilage. Bone infections (osteomyelitis) can result in limited limb and joint functioning.

Contact a Bedsores Attorney in Chicago

It can be very difficult to find that a loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home. The dedicated nursing home neglect 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 us at (312) 346-8620 to discuss the details of your case.