If you have noticed your loved one's infection go unaddressed, this can be a serious problem and can be a sign of elder neglect. If an elderly person is not treated for their infection, their body will try to get rid of the infection itself. When this happens, their body will start a healing process through inflammation. Inflammation can cause redness, intense pain and tenderness, swelling, and heat around the infected area. If the infection is severe it can spread into the individual's blood system leading to the inflammatory healing process to occur in the blood system. This is very dangerous and inflammation in the blood system is a condition called sepsis.
What are the effects of sepsis?
Sepsis can result in very serious and devastating results. If sepsis becomes severe, there is a possibility that it will prevent the delivery of oxygen and nutrients into the individual's organs. If this happens, the body can undergo something called septic shock and this can lead to multiple organ failure and even death. All of this can result from a loved one receiving an infection and the nursing home workers not addressing and taking care of it. This is only one example of the dangers of elder neglect in nursing facilities.
If you're elderly family member has suffered from elder neglect and is dealing with sepsis or the earlier stages of inflammation due to an unaddressed infection, act now! The nursing home needs to be held responsible for their actions in order to receive compensation or prevent this type of elder abuse in the future. Our Los Angeles elder abuse attorneys have 50 years of combined experience protecting elders in Los Angeles. Call Norman Taylor & Associates today for a free initial consultation!