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Bed Sores Caused by Nursing Home Neglect

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Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers, commonly develop in the flowing areas of the body:

  • Elbows
  • Heels
  • Hips
  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Back of the Head

Pressure ulcers are commonly found among nursing home residents who have been neglected by staff and nurses. Pressure ulcers are classified based on the level of soft tissue damage. There are 4 levels of classification:

  • Stage 1: Persistent redness of the skin.
  • Stage 2: Loss of partial thickness of skin, appears as an abrasion, blister, or shallow crater.
  • Stage 3: Loss of full thickness of skin, appears as a deep crater.
  • Stage 4: Loss of full thickness of skin, resulting in exposure of muscle or bone.

Bed Sore Statistics for Nursing Home Residents

Bed sores are a major issue in nursing homes throughout the United States. Lack of attention and improper medical care usually cause nursing home residents to develop bed sores.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, more than 1 in 10 nursing home residents have pressure ulcers. Research has shown that 11% of nursing home residents have pressure ulcers at various stages. Stage 2 pressure ulcers were the most common among residents, making up 50% of all cases.

Unfortunately, many nursing homes residents with bedsores do not receive the care they need and their condition gets worse, which can lead to a whole new set of medical problems.

Speak to a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Omaha

If you have a loved one who has been neglected at a nursing home and developed bed sores that are causing them discomfort or other medical issues, you should immediately get in touch with our lawyers to discuss your legal options.

At Burnett Wilson Law, our team of nursing home abuse attorneys are committed to helping clients in Omaha obtain the compensation they deserve. Nursing homes are supposed to provide your loved ones with quality care and support. When these facilities fail to provide residents with the care and services they need, legal action can be taken to hold the nursing home and its staff accountable.

Call (402) 810-8611 today to schedule an appointment with an Omaha nursing home abuse attorney. 

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