Bed Sores as a Result of Nursing Home Neglect
One of the most common problems sustained by nursing home residents is bed sores. However, simply because it is common does not mean it is not serious or even potentially life-threatening. Bed sores are caused by prolonged pressure on one area of the body over a long period of time and are more than just an aesthetic problem. Bed sores are often caused by neglect in nursing homes which can include lack of medical supervision or proper medical equipment and can become dangerous to the well-being of a loved one.
Possible Dangers of Bed Sores
Oftentimes, bed sores can progress into something even worse than what it started as. Possible dangers of bed sores going untreated or being improperly treated are as follows:
- Cellulitis – an infection of the skin that can lead to life-threatening complications.
- Bone and Joint Infections – if an infected bed sore spreads into the surrounding bone and joints, the tissue and cartilage can become damaged severely impacting function of the bones and joints leading to life-threatening complications and even amputation of the affected part of the body.
- Sepsis – occurs when an infection enters the bloodstream and rapidly progresses, leading to organ failure and potentially death.
These life-threatening risks make bed sores a serious injury that should not be ignored. Unfortunately, treating bed sores can lead to expensive medical bills that can leave a family struggling financially. For this reason, if a family member in a nursing home suffered a bed sore as a result of staff negligence, it may be possible to receive the compensation you need with the help of an experienced attorney.
Contact a Texas Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer Today
If your loved one suffered from a bed sore while in the care of the nursing home staff you trusted, contact the Texas legal team at Hotze Runkle. Our experienced attorneys are ready to help you consider all your legal options and began your case. Call our Austin office today at (877) 919-0830.