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Also called pressure ulcers, pressure injury or decubitus ulcers, bedsores are one of the most dangerous forms of nursing home neglect. If left untreated, bedsores can quickly become infected causing the need for hospitalizations, and other life-threatening problems. Bedsores develop on the pressure points, such as the low back, hips, buttocks and heels. If a bedsore develops during a nursing home stay, it may be a sign that the nursing home staff is not properly caring for the resident. Bedsores need immediate treatment and monitoring to prevent further decline to the resident. If your loved one enters a nursing home with no skin breakdown, they should remain free from skin breakdowns with good care. If your loved one enters a nursing home with a small bedsore, the nursing home must plan for proper care in order to heal the wound. Allowing a bedsore to get worsen may leads to infections, surgery, and even death.

Falls cause the vast majority of bone fractures in elderly people. Nursing home staff must identify residents who are at high risk of falling and incorporate a care plan to prevent falls from occurring. May times untrained staff or understaffed facilies will result in a resident being dropped during a transfer resulting in serious bone or head injuries.. If someone you love suffered a bone fracture or serious head injury in a nursing home, we will investigate and pursue a legal case if neglect or abuse caused it.

Elderly people who are abused have a 300% higher risk of death than those who are not. Abuse can take many forms, but if your loved one died suddenly or suspiciously, the facility may be to blame. We will investigate the circumstances and help you navigate the legal system to get the justice you need and deserve.

Verbal and emotional abuse is one of the most cruel and debilitating forms of nursing home abuse. Although there may not be any physical abuse, the psychological effects are devastating. Some of the most obvious signs of emotional abuse include changes in personality, loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy, withdrawing or fear around staff or other residents, and worsened depression.

Most falls are preventable. If your loved one has fallen in a nursing home, it may be a sign of mistreatment, neglect or abuse from the nursing home staff., Any number of things – from medications to malnutrition – can cause a resident to fall. It’s the nursing home’s responsibility to identify a resident’s risk factors and protect them from harm. When they fail to do so, resident and families can take legal action.

Residents who do not get proper nutrition and hydration are at a higher risk for developing bedsores, infections, and falling. Nursing homes must prevent malnutrition and dehydration by carefully monitoring the resident’s diet and output.

Most residents are on several medications. Mistakes in dosing, scheduling, and following doctors’ orders happen often, and they can have devastating consequences. One of the most dangerous and severe forms is overmedicating residents. This is called using “chemical restraints” to subdue residents. It happens most often in understaffed facilities, where workers use strong antipsychotics or sedatives when they can’t supervise residents properly.

Nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse. Many with advanced dementia cannot tell their families what is happening, so loved ones must be hyper-aware of this threat. Physical signs of sexual abuse include sexually transmitted infections, unexplained cuts or bruising, bleeding in the genital area, and extreme fear of a staff member or another resident.

OUR FIRM'S RESULTS

We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients in over 10,000 cases nationwide. Our clients benefit from our extensive experience with all types of nursing home abuse injuries.

Fall

$900,000

Within 3 months living at the nursing home, he lost 45 pounds, became wheelchair bound and was put on a feeding tube. He was found at the bottom of a flight of stairs with his wheelchair on top of him, causing a fractured eye socket, 40 stitches, and an extended ICU stay.

Bedsore

$3 Million

Following our client, Ann’s (name changed to protect client) aneurysm surgery, she was released to a Nursing Home for continued care. While at the nursing home, Anna developed several bedsores which became infected and took several years to heal. Our legal team worked aggressively and extensively on this case...

Death

$800,000

The resident was a diabetic who required dialysis 3 times per week. The staff at Midway Neurological Rehabilitation Center failed to send her out for dialysis for 5 consecutive days, resulting in her death.

THE SERIOUS INJURY LAW FIRM

We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients in over 10,000 cases nationwide. Our clients benefit from our extensive experience with all types of nursing home abuse injuries.