Nursing homes are responsibly to take care of the elderly whose families are unable to do so themselves. These institutions are therefore expected to be safe, with patients receiving attention and supervision. Unfortunately, lapses in these duties of care occur. When nursing home neglect happens, victims can receive serious injuries. One such incident in Clermont, Florida is under investigation.
In Clermont Florida, a health and rehabilitation center is under investigation after police were called when an elderly patient was hospitalized with bedsores on his buttocks. In addition to the third-degree ulcers, the victim’s daughter claims the institution failed to remove her father’s dentures, which resulted in mouth sores. Injuries like these can become infected and lead to severe medical conditions and, in extreme cases, death.
Upon admission and routinely after, the nursing home staff is required to assess a resident’s risk of developing pressure ulcers. Medical conditions, the resident’s mobility, poor nutrition and whether the resident is continent are a few factors that these assessments are constructed upon. When a resident is determined to be a risk for developing a sore, it is mandatory that the nursing home staff develops and implements a plan to both avoid the pressure ulcer from occurring and to treat it at the early stages.
There are many common major risk factors a patient in a Michigan nursing home has for developing pressure ulcers. These major rick factors include:
- Degenerative neurologic disease
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Central nervous system (CNS) injury
- Drugs that adversely affect alertness
- Neurologic disease/injury
A Michigan nursing home should be properly trained to treat a patient when they do in fact suffer from a pressure ulcer. Unfortunately, there are factors that will prevent a pressure ulcer from healing. These factors whether it be the fault of the nursing home staff, such as malnutrition, it can also include the health status of the resident as well. Some of the most common factors that affect healing include:
- Malnutrition and Dehydration
- End – stage renal disease
- Thyroid disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Vasculitis and other collagen vascular disorders
- Immune deficiency states
- Depression and psychosis
- Drug that affect healing
- Contractures at major joints
Lawsuits For Pressure Ulcers in Michigan Nursing Home
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a pressure ulcer, you should contact an experienced Michigan nursing home neglect lawyer immediately! The top-rated nursing home neglect attorneys of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent clients under our No Fee promise and handle these types of cases regularly. Call our office today at (800) 606-1717 to learn your legal rights and discuss your case with one of the best Michigan nursing home neglect lawyers.