Why Are Bedsores Dangerous?
Bedsores (also known as pressure sores and decubitus ulcers) often indicate negligent nursing home care. The most frequent cause is prolonged pressure on an area of the body in people who are bedridden, confined to a wheelchair by paralysis or unable to move themselves and who do not receive regular attention from nursing home staff to change their position. They can also be caused by poor nutrition or failure to maintain proper cleanliness standards — any of which can indicate staff neglect.
Bedsores can be debilitating or even fatal in the elderly, whether directly or as indicators of serious unattended health problems or negligent care. At Wise Morrissey, LLC, our lawyers are fully prepared to work with families of Illinois nursing home residents who exhibit bedsores. We are experienced at gathering evidence and assessing medical records that can be used to document a failure in the standard of care. We can help you seek compensation for the injury and justice that can rectify the negligent conditions in the care facility.
Untreated bedsores can reach all the way to the bone and are extremely painful. They can also become infected, which can lead to sepsis and death. You need an attorney working for you to seek compensation for your family in these cases.