Bedsores — otherwise known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers — are extremely painful wounds that result from staying in the same position for too long. The body's weight and lack of blood circulation creates sores in areas such as hips, heels, sacrum and buttocks. Left untreated, they can cause deep tissue damage, penetrating into muscle tissue and bone. They can also lead to life-threatening infections — especially in patients whose health is already compromised.
What Causes Them?
Bedsores are completely avoidable with proper care. When a patient develops these sores, it's a sure sign of neglect.
Bedsores often develop when nursing staff fail to:
- Turn and reposition the patient every two hours
- Inspect the patient's skin on a regular basis
- Promptly obtain a pressure-relieving mattress when warranted
In hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, it's the responsibility of the staff to prevent bedsores. They're also responsible for identifying sores and securing proper treatment.
How Severe Are They?
Bedsores start out at Stage I, as red patches of irritated skin. They're highly treatable at this stage. However, they can quickly deteriorate if not caught and cared for. Once these wounds progress to Stage II, III or IV, they become much more difficult to treat — and to survive.
Severe sores require immediate transfer to a hospital or better-equipped care facility. In fact, Florida law makes it illegal for assisted living facilities to continue caring for residents with Stage III or IV bedsores. They simply aren't capable of meeting these patients' needs. Failure to transfer patients in these situations is a serious example of negligence.
Get Help For Your Loved One
If your loved one has developed bedsores, bruises, abrasions or suspicious wounds during a stay in a hospital or nursing home, neglect may have played a role. At Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A., we can help you evaluate the situation. Our lawyers provide caring and compassionate representation for victims of neglect.
Based in Miami, our firm has stood up for the rights of vulnerable people across Florida for 40-plus years. We have a strong record of results in bedsore cases, including:
- $17 million in a fatal case involving Stage IV bedsores
- $12.3 million in a similar case
- $975,000 in another fatal bedsore case
- $650,000 in a Stage IV bedsore case where the patient eventually recovered
When you come to us for help, our attorneys will look carefully into whether your loved one has been abused or neglected. You can rely on us to conduct a thorough investigation, file appropriate lawsuits, hire the best experts and work hard to obtain justice for you and your loved one.
Get in touch today by calling 305-670-2000. We offer free initial consultations, and you won't have to pay any fees or costs unless we're successful.