After spending just about three months in a nursing home, an elderly man died not just horribly dehydrated for not having had any food or liquid for 4 or 5 days, but also in great pain due to a huge bedsore that was about the size of a fist. Somewhere else, a 68-year-old man spent his last days in torment due to an excruciatingly painful bed sore on his behind.
Deaths in nursing homes due to severe cases of untreated bedsores have become frighteningly common. Even courts are seeing an alarming increase in nursing home neglect lawsuits related to the development of bedsores.
Bedsores, also called pressure ulcers or pressure sores, are wounds that develop due to prolonged pressure applied to the skin (a case affecting those who stay immobile in their bed without being repositioned, turned, or cared for properly). Nursing homes residents and patients who are bedfast or immobile are the ones most prone to developing these skin wounds. Bedsores, if not treated, or properly treated, can result to infection; those that become too severe penetrate the skin and infect the underlying bone – a cause of death in many nursing home facilities.
Development of bedsores is one of the most common results of nursing home neglect. Though it can worsen and develop into an extremely painful wound or even cause death, it can also be treated if nursing home caregivers treat it immediately; more so, it can be prevented from developing if caregivers only take the time to apply the necessary repositioning techniques.
Losing a loved one in a nursing home simply due to untreated and neglected bedsore is a very painful and discouraging loss. Consulting immediately with a highly-skilled personal injury attorney, such as a Chicago nursing home bedsores attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg may help in educating and advising the family of the deceased resident about the best legal action to pursue as well as help in estimating the possible maximum compensation the family may be allowed to seek.