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What Factors Predispose an Elderly Patient to Develop a Decubitus Ulcer?

Frank Fernandez
If your loved one lives in a nursing home or is treated in a hospital, you probably do not expect to see a sign of neglect, such as a bedsore. Contrary to popular belief, bedsores are avoidable, even in individuals with factors that predispose them to the condition. Read on for more information about those factors, why bedsores are a sign of neglect, and how your loved one can obtain compensation for the expenses and...
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How Often Should Patients Have a Pressure Sore Risk Assessment?

Frank Fernandez
Pressure sores, also known as pressure ulcers or bedsores, occur from prolonged pressure on a specific area of the body. Usually, this pressure occurs because negligent caregivers did not help a patient who cannot easily move around and is confined to a bed or wheelchair. Pressure sores can develop in hours and can lead to serious complications if not treated immediately. Healthcare professionals need to regularly assess a patient’s risk of pressure sores and monitor...
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How Long Does It Take to File a Lawsuit for a Pressure Sore?

Frank Fernandez
After suffering pressure sores in a hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility, or another long-term care setting, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit to cover the cost of your injuries. Many people, however, find themselves wondering just how long it will take to receive that compensation, particularly as medical bills continue to mount. How long does it take to file a lawsuit for a pressure sore? How long will it take for you...
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Which Key Feature Does a Nurse Associate With a Stage 2 Pressure Ulcer?

Frank Fernandez
Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, often develop when someone has to spend a great deal of time in one position, such as when a person is confined to bed or in a wheelchair. This, in turn, only happens when caregivers, including nurses, fail to adequately move and otherwise care for their patients. Thus, they need to learn to identify pressure sores—in particular, who is likely to develop them and who requires the attention and...
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What Causes a Decubitus Ulcer or a Pressure Ulcer?

Frank Fernandez
When an individual who is bed- or wheelchair-bound is neglected by their caretakers, they can develop deep decubitus ulcers on their skin. Ulcers are preventable when proper assistance is provided. Unfortunately, many people who require care at a facility or from a home caregiver are at risk of developing pressure ulcers, often causing unnecessary and debilitating pain and serious injuries that can become deadly if left untreated. In this blog post, we will delve into...
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Pressure Ulcer Legal Cases

Frank Fernandez
Often, pressure ulcers—also known as bedsores or decubitus ulcers—are mentioned as though they are a normal part of aging or of the experience of living in a long-term nursing facility. In truth, pressure ulcers are often serious injuries that can result in a potentially fatal infection. They’re also often a sign of nursing home neglect. If your loved one has experienced new or worsening bedsores since entering a nursing home, an experienced nursing home negligence...
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What Is the Beginning Sign of a Pressure Sore?

Frank Fernandez
Many people will experience long-term care in a hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility, rehabilitation center or another medical facility for themselves or a loved one. When you face extended periods under the care of medical professionals and facilities, you do so with the expectation that it will provide you or your loved one with the best possible care. While treatment, medication, and therapy are all important components of your care, these facilities must address...
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Can You Sue a Nursing Home for Bedsores?

Frank Fernandez
Whether you are looking for a nursing home to care for a loved one, or currently have a family member living in a nursing home facility, you want them to be well cared for and safe. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are almost 54 million residents 65 years and older, and that population is increasing rapidly. About 1.3 million people live in nursing homes, many with mobility issues. Bedsores are a common problem...
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Can I Sue for Bedsores?

Frank Fernandez
Whether you or a loved one suffers bedsores while staying in a hospital, nursing home, or assisted living facility, or suffers bedsores because of poor care in a hospital, you may find yourself looking for compensation. Do you have the right to sue for bedsores? The short answer is yes: Bedsores primarily result from poor patient care or medical negligence. Usually, the question is “who bears liability to you.” What Are Bedsores? Bedsores, also known...
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What Are Pressure Ulcers and Why Do They Matter?

Frank Fernandez
In the United States, the prevalence of decubitus ulcers, also known as pressure ulcers, is at a high of around 8 percent. These ulcers lead to thousands of deaths each year. Most of these deaths occurred in those over the age of 80 and resulted from the pressure ulcer causing a significant blood infection such as sepsis (also known as septicemia). Pressure ulcers are a growing problem in healthcare and medical malpractice cases. Those suffering...