Winter Haven Bedsores
Florida Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Law Firm
Families with elderly loved ones in Winter Haven nursing homes should be able to expect that those older adults will be provided with regular and sustained care. To be sure, none of us should have to worry about whether an older parent or relative who lives in a nursing home will develop bedsores because of nursing home neglect. Yet elder neglect occurs much more often than you might think, and bedsores can develop. When an older adult develops bedsores, they can be at increased risk of harm and even death.
If your elderly loved one developed bedsores as a result of poor care in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, you should speak with a Winter Haven bedsore attorney as soon as possible.
What Are Bedsores?
What are bedsores, and how do they happen? According to the Mayo Clinic, bedsores are also known as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers. As the Mayo Clinic explains, bedsores result from “prolonged pressure on the skin,” frequently when a patient does not have the ability to change physical positions or spends much of their time laying in a bed or sitting in a chair.
How Common Are Bedsores in Nursing Homes?
Did you know that more than 10 percent of nursing home patients will have a bedsore at any given point? That information comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which explains that stage 2 bedsores are the most common stage of bedsores among those nursing home residents. With stage 2 bedsores, the condition has moved beyond redness of the skin and the patient has begun to suffer “a loss of partial thickness of skin appearing as an abrasion, blister, or shallow crater.” Stage 3 and 4 bedsores are more serious, and bedsores at those stages ultimately can result in an exposure of muscle or bone, and can become severely infected.
Given that Florida has one of the largest older adult populations in the country, it is extremely important for friends and family members with elderly loved ones in Winter Haven nursing homes to understand the risks of bedsores and the need to hold facilities accountable. Indeed, according to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the population of adults aged 60 and older accounted for more than 26 percent of the total population, and that population of older adults will only continue to grow.
In many cases of bedsores, nursing home negligence or elder neglect are the cause of bedsores. Staff members, nursing homes, nurses, or other parties may be liable for injuries. Florida law allows an injured person or their survivors to bring a claim.
Contact a Winter Haven Bedsores Attorney
When an elderly loved one develops a serious health condition in a nursing home like bedsores, nursing home neglect may be the cause. Patients can even develop bedsores in their own homes when at-home care nurses are responsible for nursing home neglect. If your elderly loved one developed bedsores, you should speak with a Winter Haven bedsores attorney about whether it may be possible to file an elder abuse neglect claim. Contact The Turnbull Firm today for more information about the services we provide to plaintiffs in the Winter Haven area.