Bed sores are also called pressure sores, and they are injuries to tissue that result from prolonged pressure on a particular part of the body. They usually develop on skin that covers a bony spot of the body, such as the tailbone or hips. Elderly nursing home residents are at risk of bed sores if they have medical conditions that limit their ability to alter their position or must stay confined in bed or a wheelchair for a long stretch. Bed sores are difficult to treat and may eventually lead to infections and death. They are a common warning sign of negligence in nursing homes and other medical facilities. If you or a loved one develops bed sores, the experienced Memphis nursing home negligence lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to help you recover compensation.Holding a Facility Accountable for Injuries Caused by Bed Sores
There are four different stages of severity in bed sores. When there is a stage four ulcer, the bed sore may expose muscles, bones, or tendons, and the bottom of the wound contains dead yellowish or dark tissue. The damage may go deep below the skin. By the time that a bed sore becomes a deep tissue injury, there is a blood-filled blister, the area is painful, and it is either firm or mushy and altered in temperature compared with the surrounding skin.
Both state and federal laws require nursing home staff to use reasonable care when caring for nursing home residents. They are supposed to turn residents often, as repeated movements and turning helps reduce the possibility of a bed sore. Unfortunately, since nursing homes are understaffed, many patients do not get turned as often as they should be turned. Bed sores may result in serious infections, sepsis, and even death.
The Tennessee Adult Protection Act creates a civil right of action for covered adults who are victims of neglect or abuse. Usually, a nursing home resident will count as an adult covered by the law. It may be possible to recover compensatory damages, and when a nursing home's actions are especially egregious, it may be appropriate to pursue punitive damages. There may also be grounds to bring suit for medical malpractice.
If a loved one dies because of a nursing home's negligent failure to treat bed sores appropriately, it may be possible to recover damages for wrongful death. Each state has its own rules related to wrongful death. In Tennessee, certain surviving family members or the decedent's estate may file a wrongful death lawsuit. In this lawsuit, damages may include loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, physical and mental suffering by family members due to the death, loss of time and expenses paid by family members, and the loss of the decedent's love, society, and companionship.Retain a Memphis Lawyer Following an Incident of Nursing Home Negligence
Elderly people who suffer from bed sores in a nursing home should contact the Memphis attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. We also can represent family members who have lost a loved one due to a failure to treat bed sores adequately. Our firm employs over 30 experienced attorneys and over 100 staff members. We serve victims in Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-LAW-4004 or completing our online form to set up a free appointment with a personal injury or wrongful death attorney. NST is the way to go.