Bed and Pressure Sores

Elkins Attorney Helping Victims of Nursing Home Abuse

If your loved one has been neglected or abused in a licensed care facility, you can respond by taking legal action. Senior citizens entrusted to the care of a nursing home often are not treated properly and can develop bed sores that worsen over time. These pressure sores should be prevented by using simple techniques that avoid risk to the resident. Experienced Elkins nursing home negligence lawyer Dorwin J. Wolfe understands that preventable conditions such as bed sores can threaten the health of senior citizens in West Virginia. If you are in this situation, we know how to hold the nursing home accountable. At the Wolfe Law Firm, we serve clients in Harrison County, Marion County, Monongahela County, and other regions of the state.

How Bed Sores Develop

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2.5 million people suffered from pressure sores in 2011. These sores generally occur when a patient has been left in the same position over a long period of time. They are essentially lesions or open wounds that are formed by constant pressure on the skin and surrounding tissue, which reduces blood flow to the area. Bed sores may be found on a person’s ankles, elbows, heels, hips, sacrum, tailbone, or ears. Complications that can result from these sores may include infection, sepsis, gangrene, amputation, or even death.

Hold a Negligent Facility Accountable for Injuries

If your loved one has developed bed sores while under the care of a nursing home, you may be able to file a negligence claim against the facility. Nursing homes have certain obligations to their residents to avoid harming their physical and mental condition. Since licensed care facilities have special knowledge of residents and their medical issues, they are required to treat them accordingly.

To prove negligence, a plaintiff must demonstrate four main elements. These claims start by showing that the defendant nursing home owed the resident a duty of care. In a situation where pressure sores may develop, the staff is responsible for keeping the patient dry and clean as well as remembering to reposition the patient to keep his or her circulation active. After this step, a plaintiff would present evidence indicating that the nursing home breached its duty by failing to take precautionary measures against bed sores. A plaintiff next would show that the breach caused the sores, which means that they would not have developed if not for careless conduct by the facility. Finally, the senior citizen must have suffered actual damages as a result, such as pain and suffering, additional medical expenses, or diminished enjoyment of life.

If a claim proceeds successfully through these steps, a nursing home resident may be able to recover compensation. Assessing an appropriate damage award in these lawsuits can be challenging, since many patients have suffered from other medical conditions before a pressure sore develops. It is crucial to consult an attorney who can help you make an accurate determination about what damages to pursue.

Legal Guidance on Nursing Home Neglect from an Elkins Lawyer

Knowledgeable injury attorney Dorwin J. Wolfe has the skills required to seek compensation for nursing home residents harmed by negligence or abuse. Our firm can evaluate your pressure sore case and advise you on your legal options. At the Wolfe Law Firm, we take pride in getting to know our clients and their stories. If you have a question or concern, we are here to answer it. We are experienced in settling as well as litigating bed sore matters in nursing home settings. To start a conversation at no initial cost with an Elkins lawyer, contact us online or call us at 877-637-5756.