Signs of Abuse: Bedsores
Looking for Pressure Sores
Bedsores, also known as "pressure sores," are sores that occur on the skin and underlying tissue as a result of pressure on the body for prolonged periods of time. Bedsores generally affect individuals who have limited mobility and stay in one position for too long. If your loved one who is in nursing home care has bedsores, this is an indication that they are not being properly cared for. To avoid bedsores, immobile patients need to be turned frequently, to alleviate the pressure on one area of their body and this is a well-recognized part of care of the elderly who are not able to easily move. If your loved one has bedsores, this can indicate negligence on the part of nursing home staff, and you need to investigate further and pursue legal action. Contact a Los Angeles elder abuse lawyer from our firm today for more information.
Bedsores can develop quickly, and cause serious complications in elderly patients if they are not treated quickly and correctly. Patients who have incontinence are at a higher risk of developing bedsores if they are not changed frequently. Moist skin and the bacteria within human waste can cause skin to break down faster. This can be another indication that they are not being properly cared for. Furthermore, complications from bedsores can cause serious medical emergencies in elderly patients, leading to infections, sepsis (infection in the blood), and even cancer. While a small bedsore may appear to be insignificant, this is not the case. It is an indication that your loved one is not receiving proper basic care.
Los Angeles Elder Abuse Attorney: Advocating Elder Rights
We understand how upsetting it is to find out that your loved one has not been the accepted level of care and has bedsores. At Norman Taylor & Associates, APLC, we are dedicated to helping our clients fight back against the abuse that has been sustained by their loved ones. It is devastating to learn that your loved one, whom you entrusted into the professional care and consideration of a nursing home, has been neglected or mistreated in some way. With nearly 50 years of combined experience, our firm can fight to defend the rights of your loved one, and help ease the pain your family is going through in this difficult time. Whether your loved one has suffered from
dehydration, or even
physical abuse, you need to take action immediately.