Bed sores and pressure ulcers are one of the most preventable nursing home injuries often caused by elderly neglect and abuse. According to the Center for Disease Control one in ten resident in nursing homes experience bouts of bedsore injuries daily. If not treated in time bed sores can result in serious life threatening infections. When left untreated the unreleased pressure on the skin leads to break down of the skin tissue often resulting in infections and death.
In most instances bed sore injuries in nursing home are the result of some degree of negligence on the part of the facility care takers employed. Nursing homes have a duty not to neglect the elderly residents of their facility.
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Common areas of the body where bed sore take place include
: Immobile patients of nursing home facilities usually experience bed sores in the regions of the
Bed Sores – Stages of bed sore injuries
- The head
- The shoulder and upper back
- The Lower buttocks – Sacrum
- The Heel of the foot
: There are four levels of bed sore injuries
with stage four being the most dangerous.
- Stage One: No skin loss in the effects area. The skin shows redness, heat, and sensitivity to the touch.
- Stage Two: The sore extends throughout the skin leading to partial loss of the skin. Infections may develop in this stage.
- Stage Three: The skin layers are completely lost and necrosis of the subcutaneous tissue under the effects skin develops.
- Stage Four: The necrosis (death of bodily tissues) extends to all regions of the affected area including muscle tissue and bone.
Serious secondary ailment can result from bed sores including, Infections, Sepsis resulting in organ failure, infections of the skeletal structure, and cancer.
Causes of Bed Sores and Pressure Ulcers in Nursing Home Facilities
: Neglect of the elderly patients and residents is the chief cause of bed sores. Examples of Nursing Home neglect resulting in bed sores include. (1) Failure to repeatedly move around and adjust the position of immobile residents. (2) Dehydration from a failure to proved adequate liquids and nutrition. (3) Failure to properly check residents for signs and symptoms of bed sores. And (4) Failure to keep skin of residents clean and dry.
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Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawsuits
: Many states across the US including the state of California allow for the filing of a claim against negligent defendants by certain family members of the deceased individual. Who can sue in a Wrongful Death Claim – CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE SECTION 377.60-377.62 states that a wrongful death cause of action can be brought on behalf of the decadent by “The decedent’s surviving spouse, domestic partner, children, and issue of deceased children, or, if there is no surviving issue of the decedent, the persons, including the surviving spouse or domestic partner, who would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession.”
Time Period For Filling a Lawsuit in California
: Generally under California Civil procedure statutes a plaintiff has two years from the date of the injury to file a claim. There are however certain exceptions which may apply. A victim of medical malpractice has one year from the date of the injury. For more on Statute of Limitations see here
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