Individuals who reside in nursing homes are often prone to pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, which are also known as bed sores. As individuals age, their skin becomes drier, thinner, and less elastic. When combined with confinement to a bed or wheelchair, nursing home residents are particularly at risk for developing bed sores.
As bed sores progress through the stages, the risk of lethal blood, tissue, or bone infection to the individual increases rapidly, along with the potential for muscle, bone, tendon damage, and even death.
Despite the severity of the consequences for individual who develop bed sores, these types of sores are fully preventable. The law requires that nursing homes ensure that residents do not develop bed sores and that they prevent the existing bed sores of newly admitted residents from progressing any further.
In fact, each resident must have a specific care plan that is designed to prevent the development or progression of bed sores upon his or her admission to the facility. All too often, however, residents develop bed sores that land them in the hospital, which can lead to permanent physical damage and even death. These injuries often develop from the neglectful action – or inaction – of those who are supposed to provide basic care for nursing home residents.
If your loved one has suffered bed sores or another type of injury due to the neglect of nursing home staff, you may have a valid personal injury claim. In these types of circumstances, it is essential that you contact an experienced Wisconsin nursing home abuse attorney who can protect your rights and obtain any compensation to which you are entitled.
Nursing homes have an obligation under Wisconsin law to refrain from creating or aggravating medical conditions that can lead to harm to their residents. Hold negligent Wisconsin nursing homes responsible for their actions. Contact Boller & Vaughan today and learn what we can do to help.