San Bernardino Nursing Home Pressure Sore Attorney
Nursing homes do not always take proper care of their elderly residents. Neglect, carelessness, and crimes like abuse can lead to dangerous resident conditions. One possible outcome of nursing home negligence is a bedsore. Bedsores, also called pressure sores or pressure ulcers, are painful and preventable. They can lead to serious health complications. If your loved one developed a bedsore while in a nursing home in San Bernardino, contact Joel Bryant, the Elder Abuse Attorney, for a free consultation about a possible case.
Why Choose Us?
- We specialize in helping victims over age 65, as well as their families, throughout California.
- We know how to obtain maximum financial compensation for victims of nursing home neglect.
- We have a long history of handling all types of nursing home abuse and neglect claims.
- We offer free initial case evaluations at convenient locations in San Diego and Palm Desert.
- We accept all nursing home bedsore/pressure ulcer cases on a contingency fee basis.
How Do Pressure Ulcers Form?
Pressure sores develop when someone with physical disabilities or limitations cannot move a part of the body for a long period of time. This can lead to too much pressure building up against the skin on that part of the body, cutting off the proper flow of blood to the tissues. If left unchecked, this can cause tissue damage, decay and death in the affected area, creating a sore that is either open or closed. A nursing home should take proactive steps to prevent bedsores in its residents. It could fail in this responsibility in several ways.
- Failing to create or keep to a resident turning and/or exercise schedule.
- Improper care of a vulnerable person.
- Poor communication among staff members.
- Nursing home resident neglect.
- Resident malnutrition and/or dehydration.
- Intentional physical abuse or isolation of a resident.
- Failing to keep residents clean and dry.
- Ignoring or missing the early signs of a pressure ulcer.
- Failing to provide proper medical care to someone with a bedsore.
The most common causes of pressure sores are too much pressure at one point for too long and friction between the skin and another surface. It is up to nursing home staff members to actively avoid the issues that often create bedsores. They should pay special attention to senior citizens with mobility restrictions. Failing to prevent a bedsore could be a sign of nursing home neglect in San Bernardino.
When Is a Bedsore Nursing Home Neglect?
A nursing home resident’s bedsore could point to neglect or abuse if another reasonable and responsible nursing home would have prevented the injury in the same situation. If the nursing home negligently failed to provide proper resident care and this caused the pressure sore, the nursing home could be liable for the victim’s related damages. Holding a nursing home in San Bernardino liable for your loved one’s bedsore typically requires proof of four main elements.
- The nursing home and its staff members owed your loved on a duty of care.
- A staff member (or the facility) breached its duties of care to your loved one.
- The defendant’s negligence caused your loved one’s bedsore or another type of serious harm.
- Your loved one has compensable damages because of the nursing home’s negligence or abuse.
The most common circumstance leading to a claim against a nursing home is a bedsore the facility neglected to treat in its early stages. Rather than caring for the wound and preventing more serious health complications, a negligent or abusive staff can exacerbate the problem. This can lead to an ulcer that extends to the muscle and bone, along with issues such as infections, sepsis, permanent disabilities and medically required amputations.
Contact a Nursing Home Bedsore Lawyer Today
If you discover your elderly loved one developed a bedsore while in a nursing home in San Bernardino, contact Attorney Joel Bryant right away about a potential case of neglect or abuse. A successful lawsuit could bring justice and financial compensation to your injured family member. Call (619) 239-7800 today to schedule a free consultation.