Brooklyn Nursing Home Bedsore Injury Lawyers
At the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C., our lawyers handle all types of nursing home abuse and neglect claims. One of the most common signs that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a Brooklyn nursing home is bedsores.
Many people think it is “normal” to get bedsores in a nursing home. This is simply not the truth. Bedsores can often be avoided with proper care and attention from caregivers. The existence of bedsores on your loved one can mean that the nursing home staff is neglecting some of their most basic needs.
Did your loved one suffer from bedsores in a nursing home in Prospect Park, Brooklyn Heights, or Crown Heights? Did bedsores result from a stay at a rehab or nursing facility in Park Slope, Gravesend, or Sheepshead Bay?
If so, call the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo to find out if you are entitled to file a negligence claim against the nursing home. You might be entitled to substantial compensation for the injuries, and our experienced bedsore lawyers could help you get it.
We represent clients who suffer bedsores in Brooklyn nursing homes such as Haym Solomon Home for Nursing and Rehab, Sea Crest Health Care Center, Shore View Nursing and Rehab Center and Menorah Center. Call us today at (800) 560-0214 to find out if you have a Brooklyn nursing home bedsore claim.
What Are Bedsores?
Bedsores are also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers, and decubitus ulcers. They are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue caused by continuous, prolonged pressure on the skin. When part of the body is exposed to such pressure with no relief, the blood supply to the area slows. The result? Wounds and potentially death to the affected tissue.
Bedsores tend to occur wherever the skin covers “bony” parts – knees, ankles, tailbone, heels, hips, elbows, back of the head, buttocks, and back.
Bedsores can be painful, become infected, and result in death when they are not treated properly.
Because many nursing home residents have limited mobility, it is up to caregivers to ensure bedsores do not become bothersome. Nursing homes must have protocols in place to prevent and treat bedsores to avoid any serious complications. For example, staff might be required to change patients’ positions every hour to avoid continuous pressure on specific body parts. They might also have to conduct a certain number of skin checks each day.
Failure to follow regulations and nursing home protocols can result in nursing home negligence and legal liability for injuries.
Are All Bedsores Dangerous?
Bedsores are graded in stages from 1 to 4. These stages are supposed to help recognize the progression of bedsores establish the standards of care for treating them. Four layers of the body can be affected by bedsores: skin, underlying fat, muscle, and bone. The longer bedsores remain untreated, the deeper they progress, and the more dangerous they become.
Stage 1: These pressure sores are superficial and affect the skin. They might itch, feel warm, feel hard, or hurt a bit. Typically, stage 1 bedsores go away after relieving the pressure on the area. In nursing homes, repositioning patients is critical to preventing stage 1 bedsores from forming or becoming worse.
Stage 2: Nursing home residents with stage 2 pressure ulcers have damage spreading to lower layers of skin and open wounds that look like blisters or abrasions. They might be reddish or purplish in color. At this stage, nursing homes must actively treat the bedsores to avoid worsening. Protocols might include washing and drying the area to remove dead, loosening skin, removing pressure, and monitoring the site several times a day. If a nursing home resident has underlying medical conditions, treating stage 2 bedsores can become more complicated.
Stage 3: Stage 3 bedsores are deep. They have penetrated through all layers of skin, damaging tissue, and now can begin to affect the underlying muscle. Bedsores at this stage look like deep craters. You might see dead skin, fat tissue, and signs of infection such as fever, pus, necrosis, and extreme redness. Treating stage 3 pressure sores is critical.
Stage 4 at Stage 4, pressure ulcers are so severe that you can see deep tissue, tendons, bone, or muscle.
The skin may become black as it dies, dispel a bad odor, exhibit drainage and other signs of infection. Stage 4 pressure sores can cause permanent damage to tendons and joints. Bedsores at this stage are so advanced that the risk of sepsis is significant. Other complications can result from stage 4 bedsores, such as gangrene, amputation, osteomyelitis, and necrotizing fasciitis. If not treated successfully, stage 4 bedsores can result in fatal injuries.
Nursing Homes in Brooklyn Have Legal Responsibilities to Patients
Nursing homes have the responsibility to keep their residents reasonably safe. They are obligated to treat patients with respect and provide them with food, water, medication, and socialization. Part of this responsibility includes providing proper care to prevent and/or treat bedsores.
Determining exactly what those responsibilities are and whether the nursing home violated them is something our lawyers can evaluate. It is not always easy to prove negligence. Generally, you must demonstrate that:
- The nursing home owed a duty and violated it
- The victim suffered injuries
- The nursing home’s violation of the duty caused the injuries
How might a nursing home’s negligence cause bedsores and subsequent injuries?
- A caregiver ignored an immobile patient for so long that bedsores developed
- A caregiver did not notice or care that bedsores were worsening
- The nursing home failed to provide adequate training to a caregiver, so they would understand what bedsores look like and how to treat or prevent them
- A caregiver did not rectify early bedsores in a timely manner by moving the patient and treating the sores
- A nursing home did not ensure that the staff follow the rules requiring repositioning patients to avoid complications from pressure ulcers
- A caregiver failed to notify medical professionals of signs of infection
- A caregiver did not recognize a patient’s high risk of developing infections from bedsores which might have required additional attention and protocols to keep them safe
- The nursing home might be understaffed and unable to meet the needs of all patients
These are some situations in which a Brooklyn nursing home might be responsible for bedsores and the severe injuries that can follow. If your loved one has suffered in a nursing home because of pressure ulcers, it might be a sign of negligence.
Are Bedsores a Sign Of Nursing Home Neglect?
Neglect is a form of negligence. Neglect in Brooklyn nursing homes comes in many forms. It can occur when a caregiver does not tend to a patient’s basic physical and emotional needs. Neglect can be difficult to recognize, and it is often up to visitors to see the signs.
Bedsores are often a sign of neglect. Why?
Because bedsores are almost always avoidable injuries. Nursing homes are responsible for preventing them, which they can do quite easily.
Repositioning residents is the key to preventing bedsores from forming and getting worse. Unfortunately, if your loved one has bedsores, it might mean they are not receiving the attention the laws require. If a nursing home can’t provide something as basic as repositioning your loved one to avoid bedsores, what else is it not providing?
If you see bedsores, look for more evidence of neglect. Is your loved one withdrawn, anxious, or fearful? Are clothes, linens, and body parts clean? Is someone suddenly sleeping a lot or unusually lethargic? Do they have bruises or other unexplained injuries? If the answer to any of these is “yes,” it might be time to call our Brooklyn nursing home lawyers.
Do You Have Time to File Your Claim?
There are time limits to file claims for nursing home negligence, and they might vary depending on the facts of each case. Different statutes of limitations might apply, and we can’t know for sure how much time you have until we determine the appropriate cause of action. Call us today to make sure to protect your legal rights to seek compensation from a Brooklyn Nursing Home.
Call The Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C., For a Free Consultation
At the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C., we understand that nursing home neglect cases differ in their individual facts. But, many involve the same issues. Negligent hiring, negligent supervision, and/or negligent training of nursing home staff are usually at the heart of nursing home injury lawsuits. When a caregiver in a nursing home fails to provide adequate care to your loved one, the nursing home is often to blame.
We are here to help you navigate a claim against the Brooklyn nursing home that caused your loved one to suffer from bedsores and other injures. We want to ensure that you collect the maximum compensation the law allows, compensation that can cover things like medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Call our Brooklyn bedsore lawyers at (800) 560-0214 today to schedule your free consultation. If your loved one was injured in a nursing home in Borough Park, Downtown Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Seagate, or any other nursing home in Brooklyn, don’t wait. Call the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, P.C. today.