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Can My Loved One Sue After Getting a Bedsore?

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2018 | Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Bedsores are dangerous medical conditions that could be caused by neglect in some cases. As such, if your loved one has developed bedsores while staying in a nursing facility, you might want to investigate how the condition developed.

Here are a few points to consider while investigating your loved one’s bedsore condition:

Debilitated and bedridden patients are more likely to develop bedsores:

Bedsores usually develop when a patient is debilitated to the point of not being able to move or reposition his or her body. When left alone and neglected without adequate care, a patient like this could develop bedsores.

Technology can prevent most instances of bedsores

Medical bed technology has advanced to the point that hospital beds can be programmed to automatically reposition a patient and redistribute his or her weight to prevent the risk of bedsores. For this reason, a hospital or nursing home could have a hard time trying to explain why it allowed a patient to develop a bedsore.

Bedsores range in severity

A minor bedsore will usually heal on its own once the cause has been resolved. A severe bedsore could require more in-depth treatment, especially if a serious ulcer or open wound has developed. In some cases, a bedsore could even be deadly.

A bedsore should never be dismissed or ignored — neither from a medical perspective nor from a personal injury law perspective. If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from neglect or abuse at a nursing home in Florida, our law firm is available to help you review your legal rights and options.

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