Did your loved one develop bed sores after living in a nursing home in Pompano Beach? Do you suspect that your family member has fallen at a nursing home in Pompano Beach? If you or someone you know is experiencing nursing home abuse of any kind such as bed sores, falls, poor hygiene maintenance, or any other type of abuse in Pompano Beach or anywhere in Florida, it’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer with experience handling nursing home abuse cases now toll-free at (954) 833-1440.
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It is unfortunate to say that much of the negligence that takes place in nursing homes could be avoided with adequate care. In fact, one of the most common forms of negligence is bed sores which develop from lack of movement. The elderly are especially prone to suffering from skin breakdown because as individuals age, they lose subcutaneous fat, which is responsible for cushioning bones. Other times being immobile and having other chronic illnesses such as diabetes can prolong the healing of bed sores.
Nursing home caregivers are expected to turn and move immobile patients frequently as part of providing safe and adequate care. Aside from frequent repositioning, caregivers should be inspecting all immobile patients’ bodies’ daily, paying close attention to bony prominences such as the knees, heels, ears, hips, and tailbone. In addition, the best way to prevent bed sores is by keeping the skin dry, clean, and free of pressure. For residents who already have bed sores, nursing staff are expected to provide treatment which involves cleaning the sores and applying special dressings. When a nursing home facility fails to provide adequate care, they can be held liable for damages.
Dan Cytryn, the founding attorney of our personal injury firm, has handled many nursing home abuse cases. One of the cases he handled involved an elderly man living in a nursing home who fell from his bed while living there. Upon falling, he tried to get up but was unable to do so. As a result, he remained on the floor for several minutes until someone came to help him. The fall resulted in a fractured hip. After an investigation, they determined that his bed rails were not up and the fall could have been avoided. When the case went to court, the jury found the nursing home responsible.
If your family member is currently in a nursing home and you want to proactive, it’s important to be familiar for early signs of pressure ulcers. Medline Plus provides the following as common early signs of pressure ulcer formation:
- Skin redness
- Warm areas
- Spongy or hard skin
- Breakdown of the top layers of skin or a sore
If you or someone you know has experienced nursing home abuse of any kind, please call our personal injury firm now to see what we could do for you or your loved one. We offer free consultations where you can discuss the details of your case over the phone. We do our best to let you know the same day if we will be able to represent you. Why wait? The consultation is free!
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