Florida Bed Sore Injuries Attorney
A bed sore is a painful and potentially life-threatening wound. It is also a telltale sign of patient neglect. Nursing home residents who are properly cared for should not develop bed sores, even if they are very old or bedridden.
The personal injury attorneys of Feldman Morgado have held nursing care facilities accountable for monetary damages for the costs of medical intervention and for the needless pain and suffering. We work to ensure your loved one gets prompt treatment and appropriate compensation.
If your elderly parent or family member has developed bed sores or other suspicious infections, contact us immediately for a free initial consultation. We take cases in the Tampa Bay area and statewide Florida.
Bed Sores Are a Symptom of Neglect
A bed sore, otherwise known as a pressure sore or pressure ulcer, begins as redness and irritation of the skin from sitting or lying in one position too long. The weight of the body and lack of blood flow creates sores at pressure points such as the hips, tailbone, elbows and heels.
In stages, the skin deteriorates and soon becomes an open wound. Untreated or improperly treated, the ulcer gets wider and deeper, penetrating into underlying muscle tissues. As bed sores worsen, they become more and more painful and often become badly infected. In latter stages they are hard to heal, especially if the patient is already in poor health.
For patients confined to a bed, the accepted standard of care for nursing home staff is to turn or reposition the person every few hours to alleviate the pressure. In reality, those frequent turns may happen only once or twice a day. Some patients languish in the same position for days at a time.
Care workers and medical staff are responsible for recognizing the signs and escalating treatment of bed sores, including transfer to a hospital for advanced stage pressure ulcers or symptoms of a serious infection.
Tampa Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
If your family member has open sores, is in obvious pain or complains of neglect, call our law firm at 866-578-1607 for a free consultation. Experienced lawyers Mitchell Feldman and Dale Morgado will deal with the nursing home on your behalf and fight to hold the facility accountable for this preventable condition.