Thousands of families throughout Tennessee trust and rely upon assisted living and skilled nursing home facilities to provide care for their ailing or elderly loved ones. While many nursing homes and staff members are attentive to the needs of the residents they serve, some are neglectful and even abusive.
Many nursing home residents suffer diminished physical and mental capacity — leaving them vulnerable and unable to effectively communicate. If you suspect that a loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, it is important to document and gather any and all evidence. Bedsores are among the telltale signs that a loved one is suffering neglect.
Taking Legal Action After The Discovery Of Bedsore Injuries
At Houston & Alexander, PLLC, our attorneys have helped families obtain answers and seek justice for the harm and injuries their loved ones suffered due to the negligence of nursing homes and nursing home staff. If you discover that your loved one has one or more bedsores, we will conduct a thorough investigation and work to hold the responsible parties accountable.
Bedsores or pressure ulcers develop when an individual remains sitting or lying in the same position for an extended period of time. Prolonged pressure on the head, shoulder blades, buttocks, tailbone, arms, ankles and heels cause skin tissues to become damaged and break down, eventually forming a swollen and tender sore that may break open.
While not life-threatening alone, bedsores are painful and can lead to serious health complications, including bone infections and sepsis. Nursing homes have protocols in place to prevent bedsores and staff members are trained to identify at-risk residents and carryout specific preventative measures.
Obtain Answers And Justice
Bedsore injuries are frequently accompanied by other signs of neglect, including malnutrition, dehydration and poor hygiene. For many families, discovering that a loved one has suffered neglect or abuse is deeply painful. We will help you take legal action and seek compensation for your loved one. Call a lawyer at our Chattanooga office today at 423-267-6715 or contact us online to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options.