The elderly are especially vulnerable to dehydration, malnutrition, bed sores and infections. In a nursing home, they are dependent on close supervision by care workers and monitoring by medical professionals.
If your parent or family member required hospitalization for bed sores injuries or severe malnourishment, or died from complications, it is a clear sign of nursing home negligence and neglect. You should contact an top nursing home abuse and injury medical negligence attorney who knows how to hold nursing homes accountable for such shameful dereliction of their duty to your loved one.
I am attorney John S. Hone. I handle lawsuits against nursing homes in the Greater Detroit area, Downriver, MI and throughout Southeast Michigan. Contact me today for a free consultation.
Bed sores or pressure sores are known medically as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers. These are open sores that develop around the bony pressure points of the body such as the hips, pelvis, elbows and heels. Undiagnosed or improperly treated, they become larger and deeper. Advanced stage bed sores are not only incredibly painful, but often lead to severe infection. The most egregious cases lead to loss of limb or death. The elderly are more prone to bed sores and infection because their skin is less elastic, their wounds heal more slowly and their immune systems are compromised. However, bed sores develop and progress because of neglect. Nurses or staff should turn or reposition bedridden patients every few hours, but many residents languish in bed for days without relief. I look at staffing levels, hiring practices, staff training, and medical credentials to establish the substandard care and determine why no one intervened sooner.
Many nursing home patients die or suffer organ damage because they are severely dehydrated or malnourished. It is the job of the nursing and medical staff to monitor residents’ food and water intake, to assist frail patients in eating and drinking, and to give IVs when necessary.
Malnutrition and dehydration also inhibit the body’s ability to heal from wounds or illness, or to fend off infections. These lapses often go hand in hand with pressure ulcers and other preventable and treatable conditions.
I have a long background in medical malpractice, so I know how to investigate these cases to prove that the medical professionals and the administration failed your parent or family member. I seek full compensation for medical intervention and the pain and suffering your loved one has endured, or for your loved one’s wrongful death.
Call my Birmingham, MI law office at 248-948-9800 for a free initial consultation, or contact Hone Law online.
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