Bedsore Lawsuits in New Jersey
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Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, can develop when a person is immobile in bed or a wheelchair in the same position for an extended period of time. When elderly individuals live in nursing homes, they often depend on nurses and staff to assist them with getting in and out of bed, chairs, or wheelchairs. If not re-positioned regularly, pressure sores can begin to develop. This is a common problem that nursing homes are aware of and responsible for preventing.
When bedsores occur, it is often due to lack of proper care or attention—and may even be a sign of abuse or neglect. Levinson Axelrod, P.A. is here to help review your case and determine if legal action is necessary for your loved one.
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When Are BedSores / Pressure Sores Cause for Legal Action?
There are federal regulations in place regarding bedsores. Nursing homes are required to take certain measures to prevent, document, and treat bedsores if the issue does arise for some residents. Under the law, nursing homes are required to identify residents who may be at risk for bedsores and create a care plan to help prevent any occurrences. Since bedsores can heal easily with early and conservative treatment, nursing homes should not have trouble with addressing pressure sores if they do arise. However, when bedsores enter into more advanced stages due to lack of treatment or attention, they can call for debridement, which may involve surgical intervention. This is because the damaged, dead, or infected tissue must now be removed to prevent further issues.
While the presence of bedsores alone does not always call for legal action, the lack of proper care and prevention steps can demonstrate neglect and abuse. You need to report the issue and seek help from a New Jersey nursing home abuse lawyer if you have concerns.
Vigilance Can Help Prevent Pressure Sores & Save Lives
Bedsores can seem like only minor injuries at first, but they can develop into complex and difficult infections. Follow-up care after surgery or other treatment can be difficult and recovery very challenging. In order to prevent the risk of further infection or even fatality due to pressure sores, nursing homes need to be vigilant. You should also be very thorough whenever you visit your loved one. Take note of any sign of bedsores or other abuse. Alert the staff of your concerns and seek help if they continue to go untreated. Levinson Axelrod, P.A. if here to help.
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