Nursing Home Bedsores
Entrusting a parent to a nursing home is a big decision to make. It is not an easy one, either. Many times it can be difficult to entrust a nursing home with a parent or relative. There are many nursing homes in Seattle, Kirkland, Bellingham, and Olympia. Many of these nursing homes are perfectly fine and do not have any problems with them. However, some do, and they can leave terrible consequences on the elderly.Bedsores Defined
A bedsore can go by a couple of different names. They are also known as pressure sores. They are caused because of pressure that has been on the skin for too long. Typically, you’ll see this in situations where someone has been in a bed or wheelchair for a long time without moving. When someone is confined to the same position for a prolonged period of time, blood stops coursing through the body, including to the skin, depriving the skin of oxygen, which in turn causes terrible sores.
As you can imagine, then, bedsores are completely preventable and a sure sign of negligence on the part of the nursing home. Surprisingly, the head and ears can be spots where bedsores occur the most because people who lie down on their head often get them there. But bedsores can be anywhere on the body. If left untreated, bedsores will not get better or go away on their own. There are some definite stages of bedsores.Stages of a Bedsore and Treatment
The first stage of a bedsore is when there is just some general redness on the skin. The second stage occurs when the sore begins to actually resemble a sore or a bad blister. Stage three occurs when the sore becomes an actual wound and you can see the fat, which damages the skin. Stage four is when there is loss to the tissue. The loss of this tissue may reveal the bone itself or at least the muscle. Stage four is the worst stage there is. Medical care is needed at all stages obviously, but it is most certainly needed for the fourth stage.
Treating bedsores immediately is crucial. First, you have to understand that once the bedsore reaches the second stage, it’s really no different than an open wound. Because of that, it has to be cleaned and dressed to keep an infection from setting in. Treating the wound consistently and getting the elderly person plenty of fluids is also important to aid in their recovery. If the bedsore is left untreated, sepsis can take hold, which is a very serious infection that can kill someone if bacteria gets into the bloodstream. Cellulitis also can happen, which is an infection in the skin that results in swelling and complications that can also kill you, along with infections to the joints and the bones.Holding the Nursing Home Accountable for Bedsores
After discovering a loved one has terrible bedsores, you are understandably upset and want to hold the nursing home accountable. Part of this process involves making sure you are properly bringing a claim against the nursing home. The primary reason, or cause of action, is to allege that the nursing home was negligent in making sure your parent or the elderly person in terms of how they were treated.
To win on a negligence ground, you have to show that the nursing home had a duty to the elderly person, that this duty was breached, and that injuries resulted from this breach. In a case where an elderly person has bedsores, you have to show that the nursing home had a duty to keep the elderly person free of bedsores.
This should not be challenging. However, the nursing home may argue that the elderly person was somehow predisposed to bedsores and they were not at fault. Then you must show that the duty was breached, meaning you have to come up with evidence to show that the bedsores were directly related to the nursing home failing to properly care for the elderly person, which normally means they failed to properly turn over the elderly person or take them out of the wheelchair.
And finally, you have to show that the elderly person’s bedsores came directly from the negligence of the nursing home, as opposed to some other reason. Typically, you will bring a claim of negligent of supervision as well, since the nursing home had a duty ensure they properly supervised the elderly person.
You may also want to bring a claim of negligent hiring if it appears that the nursing home was under-staffed, or staffed with employees who simply had not been trained and were not experienced enough to care for the elderly person. The Jackman Law Firm can help you and bring the appropriate lawsuit against the nursing home.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
After finding the negligence that has been inflicted on the elderly person in the form of bedsores, you understandably want answers and you want to pursue every available claim against the nursing home. The Jackman Law Firm can help you achieve the justice you deserve for your loved one’s bedsores. We can help you recover the following:
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for medical bills
- Money for out of pocket expenses
Typically, when you bring a claim against a nursing home for damages, the nursing home will have an insurance company who will be assigned to the case. The insurance company, as you can imagine, is not going to be eager to simply hand you money, no matter how open and obvious the negligence was on their part. Rather, they might fight you and attempt to blame you even for the bedsores. The Jackman Law Firm, however, has the resources and know-how to bring you justice for the bedsores. We have the needed experiences and skills to bring justice to you.
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