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Contributing Factors Leading to Bed Sores

Bed sores, also known as pressure sores, are an unfortunate side effect of sitting or lying in one position for extended periods of time. Bedsores are a much more serious matter than many people appreciate. These sores are common among individuals who have limited mobility and are unable to change positions due to a medical condition. Not only can bed sores become infected and cause great discomfort, it is also a sign that your loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect.

This type of injury can develop into an open wound on the skin or underlying tissue, making it highly susceptible to infections, which can result in septic shock, bone infections, and even death. Bed sores are preventable.

Common Causes of Bedsores

  • Failure to evaluate & monitor resident for any indications of bedsores
  • Delay or failure to notify residentís family and doctor when bedsores develop
  • Failure to turn and move residents sitting or sleeping position regularly
  • Failure to provide adequate nutrition and hydration

How We Can Help

If your loved one experienced any of these events or if other events seem unusual, you should seek the advice from a knowledgeable attorney to understand your rights and options in pursuing compensation for your loved oneís injuries. Under the guidelines governing the standard of care required of licensed nursing homes in South Carolina, patients with motion limitations must be turned routinely by nursing home staffers. Failure to do so may constitute nursing home neglect. Let our years of experience and detailed knowledge of the standards of care work for you by allowing us to provide the guidance you need to not only understand your case, but to understand your options and pursue justice for your loved oneís mistreatment.