The attorneys at The Gebler Firm, PC, understand how devastating bedsores can be. We have devoted our professional lives to seeking justice for the injured elderly and other vulnerable adults, and we know that bedsores are an all-too-common sign of nursing home negligence.
If you suspect that your loved one's bedsores (also known as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) resulted from elder abuse or neglect, we encourage you to contact us to arrange a free consultation. Reach us in Calabasas or Long Beach at 818-876-9600, or send us an online consultation request. We would be honored to answer your questions and explain your options
We see the following story far too often: An elderly person is admitted to the hospital for treatment of an illness or injury. The patient's condition is stabilized and the patient is transferred to a nursing home or rehabilitation center for physical therapy. It is expected that the patient will return home in a few weeks. While at the facility, the patient complains of a little low back pain or numbness, but not enough to alert friends or family that there is any cause for concern. During visits, the patient always seems to be lying or sitting in the same position.
However, the family naturally assumes the patient is regularly helped out of bed and given rehabilitation therapy. No one suspects that instead of encouraging the patient to get out of bed, the staff never turns or repositions the patient, and consistently leaves the patient lying on his/her back or sitting alone in a wheelchair for hours at a time.
Because of this, a small stage 1 or 2 bedsore develops. The staff does not notice it because they are not conducting routine skin checks. In some cases, the staff may have noticed the bedsore but tells the family that there is "nothing to worry about." The patient isn't complaining because the nerves around the bedsore are now dead.
The family eventually receives an abrupt telephone call from the facility, informing them that their loved one was transferred to the emergency room because the patient was "experiencing a little trouble breathing." Once the family arrives at the hospital, they are horrified to learn that the patient has a severely infected stage 4 bedsore, which is the size of an orange or grapefruit, and that it has progressed to the bone. Because prompt treatment was not provided, the infection has spread throughout the body, and vital organs have begun to fail. The doctors explain that nothing can be done to reverse the damage, but they will keep the patient as comfortable as possible. The patient dies a few days later.
Unfortunately, this story is a common one. Bedsores are preventable. This tragedy — and the many others we see daily — could have ended differently if the facility had simply hired staff who were trained to provide the minimum care required by federal and state nursing home laws.
If your loved one has suffered pressure ulcers due to nursing home neglect or abuse, the negligent or abusive party should be held accountable for your loved one's pain and suffering. To learn more about your options, please contact an experienced elder neglect lawyer at The Gebler Firm, PC, for a free consultation. We do not charge any attorney fees unless we obtain a recovery.
We can be reached by phone at 818-876-9600, or you can contact us online. We proudly represent individuals and families throughout Southern California.
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