Montana Nursing Home Neglect
The state of Montana has enacted laws, procedures and protocols to ensure nursing home owners, administrators and staff provide proper medical care to every patient. In fact, nursing home medical professionals are given the duty to exercise reasonable care to protect every resident from neglect, carelessness, recklessness or abuse. They are duty bound to ensure that no medical staff, family member, visitor or other resident causes the patient harm.
However, even with these imposed laws, many patients are victims of negligence at the hands of the medical staff. In many situations, the patient can develop decubitus ulcers (bedsores; pressure sores; pressure ulcers) as a result of inattentiveness of the medical staff who are too busy, overworked or lack sufficient training. In some incidences, mobility challenged patients are often forced to lie in their own urine, feces and sweat due to inattention.What is a Decubitus Ulcer?
Decubitus ulcers are serious skin wounds that generally occur on a bony prominence on the patient’s body. The most common areas tend to be where the skin contacts a mattress pad, chair cushion or pillow. These areas include:
- Head and ears
- Neck, shoulders and shoulder blades
- Spine, tailbone, buttocks and hipbones
- Back of the upper and lower legs
- Ankles, toes and heels
Decubitus ulcers are typically the result of constant pressure being applied to a local area on the body. The pressure restricts oxygenated blood from reaching the skin, causing the tissue to become compromised. When the pressure is not alleviated, it can cause extensive physical damage where a shallow crater develops exposing fat deposits, bone and muscle. If not treated properly, decubitus ulcers can become life threatening when skin infection (sepsis) or bone infection (osteomyelitis) develops.
If the medical staff at the nursing facility provides proper monitoring of the patient’s skin, nearly any decubitus ulcer can be avoided. To prevent the development of a bedsore, the facility’s medical staff must enforce proven medical standard protocols to maximize the health of every patient. These protocols include:
- Readjusting the position of the patient at least once within a two-hour timeframe around-the-clock
- Provide the patient the best nutrition and ensure that they remain hydrated
- Provide bedsore-preventing padding, mattresses, wheelchairs and chairs to reduce pressure to the patient’s skin
- Take every appropriate step to ensure that the individual remains dry and clean at all times
When moisture is allowed to make continuous contact with the skin, the tissue can easily break down, form a bedsore, rupture the skin, and worsen the condition.An Indicator of Negligence that Deserves to Be Evaluated by Attorneys with Pressure Sore Litigation Experience
A developing bedsore on any patient is usually the first indicator of negligence at the nursing facility. In many incidences, nursing home administrators are often more interested in generating profits for their owners than providing quality care to their patients around-the-clock. Outright negligence, lack of monitoring and ongoing inattentiveness are often caused by understaffing, or nurses and nurse’s aides who have not received proper training in treating bedsores.
If you suspect that your loved one has developed a bedsore as the result of negligence by the nursing staff, it is essential to take legal action immediately. A reputable Montana decubitus ulcer lawyer has access to medical teams of specialists dedicated to treating serious life-threatening decubitus ulcers. The team can be sent to the nursing facility to provide treatment immediately. These professionals provide the lifesaving services in cities all throughout Montana including:
- Great Falls
- Butte-Silver Bow
Fill the contact form here to schedule an appointment with one of the skilled Montana decubitus ulcer attorneys on the list below. The lawyers offer an initial free consultation to discuss your legal options for stopping the negligent actions of the nursing facility today. With your attorney’s efforts, you can be assured that your loved one receives the dignity and rights to quality healthcare they deserve. It is essential to hold those responsible for your loved ones injuries accountable for their neglect.