Texas Nursing Home Neglect
The laws of Texas impose upon nursing home owners the obligation to protect every patient to ensure they receive medically accepted standards of care. In fact, the medical staff, administration, management and owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care and ensure that no patient is neglected or abused by anyone at the facility.
Unfortunately, even with strict Texas laws, rules and regulations set forth to punish any nursing home that neglects residents, patients are still victimized. In many incidences, the patient develops pressure ulcers as a result of an inattentive or neglectful nursing staff.
Our Texas nursing home lawyers are committed to holding facilities fully accountable when a patient develops a pressure sore at their facility. Complete the contact form and one of our attorneys will reach out to you shortly.
Pressure ulcers (decubitus ulcers; pressure sore; bedsores) are skin wounds that can develop easily on bony prominences on the body. These areas include the ankle, heel, tailbone, hip, shoulders, shoulder blades, elbows, neck and the back of the head. The decubitus ulcer is usually developed by continuous body pressure where it touches a cushion, pad, bedding material or another body part. Bedsores in their advanced stage can be extremely painful.
The pressure restricts blood circulation and limits the amount of oxygen that can reach the affected area. If the pressure is not alleviated, the lack of oxygen can cause the skin to become permanently damaged or begin to die. Because of that, it is essential that the pressure be alleviated, especially in patients that have limited mobility or those unable to readjust their position without help. Bedridden individuals and those bound to a wheelchair have the highest susceptibility to developing a bedsore.
Nearly every type of bedsore can be prevented when the nursing staff properly monitors the patient and follows a strict schedule for turning or repositioning their body. An effective health plan for the patient requires numerous steps to avoid the development of a sore. These steps include:
Regularly turn the patient’s position every two hours or less
Feed the patient nutritional meals and ensure they are hydrated properly
Provide soft padding for their chair, wheelchair or betting as a way to reduce or eliminate pressure against skin and underlying tissue
Keep the resident dry and clean, and prevent any continuous contact with moisture including accumulated urine, feces or sweat
Excessive moisture can easily degrade the patient’s skin integrity causing it to break down, rupture or tear, which could increase their potential to develop a pressure ulcer.A Sign of Neglect in Texas Nursing Homes and Hospitals
Nearly every type of pressure sore is an obvious indicator that the nursing staff is neglectful or inattentive to the needs of the patient. This is because most facility-acquired bedsores are caused by understaffing or because the facility is staffed with nurses and nurse’s aides that have insufficient training. For many families, filing a complaint with the nursing facility does little to remedy the problem when there are systemic management issues within the home.A Legal Remedy Available for Those with TX Bed Sore Cases
When a loved one placed in a nursing home has suffered a pressure sore, family members often believe negligence is involved. In many incidences, the bedsore developed because the medical staff was too busy, too lazy or uncaring to perform their jobs as required. As a result, the loved one’s health was compromised to the point where their life was in jeopardy.
Typically, the best remedy is a legal one. Hiring a Texas pressure ulcer attorney is a simple solution for stopping the negligence now. In addition, the law firm can ensure that medical personnel with specific training in healing life-threatening wounds treat the loved one to assist them in restoring their health. These professionals provide services in cities all throughout Texas including:
- San Antonio
- El Paso
Fill out the contact form here to schedule an appointment with a Texas pressure ulcer attorney listed below. Our Texas nursing home attorney can accept your case on a contingency basis, meaning you are not required to pay any upfront fees. Your attorney can seek financial compensation for your damages and stop the neglect immediately.