Nursing Home Neglect Bed Sore Lawyers

When our loved ones need more care than we can give them, many times placing them into a nursing home or care facility is an option that people turn to. We feel that our loved ones should be properly care for and looked after when they are in a nursing home. However, many nursing homes in Memphis and throughout Tennessee do not have enough staff or are not properly trained. This can lead to injuries such as bed or pressure sores for many residents. If left untreated these sores can be severe and even life-threatening. If you believe that your loved one developed a bed sore due to nursing home negligence, then you need to speak to a Tennessee nursing home neglect and bed sore lawyer with the Higgins Firm as soon as possible. We will listen to any questions and concerns you may have about your case and help you to get the compensation you deserve for the neglect your loved one experienced.

What is a Bed or Pressure Sore?

A bed or Pressure sore is an ulcer on the skin caused by constant pressure on that portion of the body. If a bed sore is left without treatment it can cause serious health conditions and infections that may be life threatening. A bed sore typically occurs in places where the skin and bone have the most contact. These places include but are not limited to the:

  • back
  • butt
  • heels
  • elbows
  • ankles
  • hips
What are some reasons bed sores occur?

One of the main reasons bed or pressure sores occur is because a nursing home resident may be left in their wheelchair or bed for a large amount of time. If the nursing home fails to help a resident change position, provide padding in areas where a bed sore is most likely to occur, provide clothing and sheets that are clean and dry or check on their residents on a regular basis, pressure sores are more likely to occur.

It is a nursing home's responsibility to have plans in place to handle the care of residents that may be immobile and at an increased risk for developing pressure sores. A nursing home should also train their employees in the proper methods of positioning a resident every couple hours to prevent bed sores. They can also use padding and other equipment to help prevent the bed or pressure sores from developing. Finally, a nursing home should alert medical professionals as well as family members if a bed sore seems to be developing. If a nursing home fails to take these actions, they can be held accountable for negligence.

How can a Tennessee nursing home lawyer help me with my negligence claim?

You want the nursing home you choose for your loved one to be a place that they will be cared for and be safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you suspect that someone you care about developed a bed or pressure sore due to a nursing home's neglect, then you should contact one of our experienced and compassionate Memphis nursing home neglect and bed sore lawyers at the Higgins Firm. We know how important the health and safety of your loved one is to you and we will gather any information we may need for your claim. We will also make sure that you receive any compensation you need for what you and your family have suffered and make sure the negligent nursing home is held responsible for their actions.

Please contact us today online or by calling 800.705.2121 to discuss your legal options.