Florida Nursing Home Neglect
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the demand for nursing home beds throughout Florida. A survey conducted by the nonprofit Florida Center for Nursing shows that by 2015 more than 11,000 additional registered nurses will be needed in the state to accommodate the health requirements of the aging population. However, the demand for highly trained nurses is already not being met, which places many nursing home residents at risk of harm while under the care of understaffed and overworked medical professionals.
The Florida bed sore lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are committed to holding negligent nursing homes and hospitals accountable for their negligent care. If your loved one developed a pressure sore during an admission to a Florida medical facility, we invite you to contact our office for a free review of your legal options. There are strict time constraints for pursuing a case, so we urge you to take action today and begin the legal process of determining who is responsible for the development of a pressure ulcer.
Often times, families are separated from their aging loved ones who have retired in the southern state. When the time arises, families are often forced to place them in a nursing home to assist them with their health and daily activities. It is the family’s belief that the nursing facility provides quality medical care and basic necessities to every patient.
Unfortunately, nursing homes filled to capacity often do not have enough nurses and nurses’ aides, or the staff is undertrained to handle common health issues in the facility. As a result, many patients become the victims of neglect and suffer harm like developing a bedsore acquired in the nursing home.Life-Threatening Bedsores
A bedsore (pressure sore; decubitus ulcer; pressure ulcer) is an injury to the patient’s skin and underlying tissue. It begins to develop when pressure is applied to bony areas that touch the bed, chair or other body part. When the elderly patient is bedridden or unable to readjust their body position, even mild pressure on an ankle, heal, buttocks, sacrum, spine, shoulder blades, shoulder, back of the head or other area can quickly develop a sore.
Properly managed nursing homes create and implement monitoring protocols to ensure every patient is kept free from developing a bedsore. The protocol usually involves an assessment of the patient’s skin at the beginning of every nursing shift change. Any noticeable sign of a developing sore is recorded in the patient’s chart to alert the doctor to begin steps to heal the wound. Additional protocols require that the patient be turned at least one time every two hours.
If the bedsore is allowed to advance from a reddened inflamed sore in the early stages, it can quickly develop into a serious wound where fat, muscle, tendons and bone are exposed. At this advanced age, the elderly patient can easily acquire a blood infection (sepsis) or bone infection (osteomyelitis). In advancing stages, the pressure sore can be very difficult to treat and will often cause permanent damage or lead to death.
Many families live too far away from the nursing home to visit on a regular basis and are not always aware when their loved one develops a pressure sore. When the family is notified of a changing health condition, the sore is often in its advancing stages where it is already caused significant harm or death.A Sign of Negligence on the Part of the Florida Facility Where the Wound Developed
Because bedsores are very easy to avoid when trained staff follow proper protocols, these sores are usually an indicator of negligence at the facility. Because of that, many families hire an experienced Florida bed sore lawyer to take action to stop the negligence and mistreatment.
Below is a list of reputable professionals who can assist the family in providing a variety of legal options, including bringing in highly skilled medical professionals specialized in treating difficult pressure ulcer cases.
If you are looking for an attorney to assist with the investigation or prosecution of a nursing home abuse case involving bed sores or other injury visit the pages below:
- St. Petersburg Pressure Sore & Nursing Home Attorneys
- Miami Nursing Home Abuse & Bed Sore Lawyers
- Tampa Bed Sore & Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
- Orlando Nursing Home Neglect & Pressure Ulcer Attorneys
- Jacksonville Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been suffering a bedsore while a resident in a nursing facility in Florida, it is essential to hire a skilled Florida bed sore attorney today. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can take steps to stop the negligence and hold all parties responsible for the injury accountable for their action.
Our Florida nursing home negligence lawyers offer an initial free no obligation consultation to discuss the merits of your case. They can provide numerous legal options to assist the family in seeking financial compensation to cover the cost of proper medical care. Their efforts can ensure your loved one is being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
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