Bed sores, which are also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, can develop when a bed-ridden or wheelchair-bound nursing home resident is neglected by their caretaker. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every ten nursing home residents in the U.S. suffers from bed sores. That being said, it is safe to say that a significant number of caretaking facilities have failed to provide their patients with the level of care that they deserve.
If you or your loved one has been placed in such a situation, you should not hesitate to call attention to the issue by retaining the help of our Tampa nursing home abuse attorneys at The Florida Law Group. In doing so, you can rest easier knowing that you will have a skilled legal team on your side that is led by a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by The National Board of Trial Advocacy.
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When laying in a sedentary position, it is important for an elderly person to exercise frequent mobility. If they are incapable of doing so themselves, it is the responsibility of their caretakers to assist them in relieving this pressure-which can be done by changing positions every 2 hours, if in a bed, or every 15 minutes if in a wheelchair. Another preventative measure that can be taken is to maintain a healthy diet, as malnutrition can also increase one’s risk of developing bed sores.
Sores can develop when pressure builds up in the skin near areas that are close to the bone, such as:
If a nursing home facility or in-home caretaker has failed to provide you or your loved one with the level of attention that you need to maintain a healthy and reasonably active lifestyle, it is important for you to bring this to our firm’s attention. This could be an indication of nursing home abuse, which means that you may be entitled to compensation for the harm that you have suffered. Our firm has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements during our more than 100 years of combined experience. We will make this right for you.
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