Bed Sores And Medical Neglect

Has Your Loved One Suffered Or Died Because Of Substandard Care?

Bed sores are an indication that your family member may not be receiving proper nursing care or medical supervision. These wounds are very painful and, without medical intervention, can lead to infection, nerve damage, amputation or death.

If you have noticed sores or other signs of medical neglect, contact the Mount Laurel personal injury attorneys of Ginsberg & O'Connor, P.C. We pursue lawsuits for nursing home negligence in Burlington County and surrounding areas of New Jersey. Call us today to start an investigation.

Bed Sores Are A Telltale Sign Of Neglect

Decubitus ulcers, more commonly known as bed sores or pressure sores, are injuries to the skin and outer flesh caused by the pressure of the body and loss of circulation. They typically develop around bony areas — elbows, heels, ankles, hips or tailbone. Bedridden patients in nursing homes and hospitals are prone to bed sores when they lie in one position for prolonged periods. Ulcers start as discolored and tender skin, develop into open sores, and eventually may penetrate all the way to muscle and bone.

The standard of care in nursing homes is to turn bedridden patients every few hours to alleviate the pressure and prevent bed sores. In understaffed or poorly managed nursing homes, pressure sores can develop and progress rapidly. Nurses and staff doctors have a duty to recognize the signs and treat bed sores aggressively, including timely transfer to a hospital for patients with advanced stage ulcers.

Other Signs Of Improper Medical Care

Undiagnosed medical conditions take a heavy toll on nursing home residents whose health is compromised to begin with. Our experienced attorneys have handled cases of undiagnosed illness, untreated fractures, severe dehydration and malnutrition, medication errors and other substandard medical care.

Bed sores are not always preventable. But if your loved one has taken a dramatic turn for the worse or complains of pain or neglect, take action on your suspicions. We can intervene to obtain the medical records and hold elder care facilities accountable. The lawyers of Ginsberg & O'Connor, P.C. have secured damages for medical care, lasting injury, and the pain and suffering that clients endured in a facility whose mission is to attend to their health and well-being.

Call our Mt. Laurel law office toll free at 800-598-3944 or contact us online today to schedule a free initial consultation.