As hospital chains seek to increase their profitability and cut overhead and staff in order to achieve that objective, communities are seeing a rise in the number of patients who suffer hospital-acquired bed sores or “pressure sores.” When hospitals with insufficient staffing are unable to turn and reposition patients who require that assistance, skin breakdown can rapidly occur – especially over bony prominences such as the heels, tail bone, hips and elbows. This poses a significant danger and risk of further harm to patients who either return home with a pressure sore or who enter a rehab facility or nursing home for continuing care.
Nursing homes are required to begin providing necessary care to the resident immediately upon their entry into a facility. Frequently, however, there is a significant time delay between the resident’s entry to the nursing home and the point when care which is targeted to specific health concerns, such as pressure sores, is actually provided. Other times, the nursing home is so understaffed that care which is known to be needed to prevent further skin breakdown is not offered at all or only sporadically. Under these circumstances, pressure sores have the ability to rapidly worsen, grow and become infected, and even lead to death.
As a lawyer who handles claims against hospitals and nursing homes that negligently and needlessly allow pressure sores and wounds to develop on their patients from neglect, my advice to families is this: In the event you or a loved one develops a pressure sore, immediately seek out the advice of a specialist at a local “Wound Care Clinic or Center.” The sooner you do so, the better the chance that care may be obtained to prevent the worsening and infection of the wound.
If you have questions about a bed sore, wound or pressure sore that was acquired in a hospital or Florida nursing home or wish to discuss a potential case of abuse and neglect with a local nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer who has evaluated hundreds of claims, please feel free to call me, James Keim, Attorney at Law at (941) 426-7900. I always provide a free consultation and personally handle every case, and you will not be passed off to some middleman or junior level associate. All cases are handled on a contingency fee and cost basis. This means that you pay no fee or costs unless we obtain a settlement, award or verdict.
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