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Are Bed Sores a Sign of Nursing Home Neglect?

The development of bed sores, which are also known as pressure ulcers, is one of the most obvious signs of nursing home neglect. According to recent statistics, nursing home residents develop bed sores twice as often as hospital patients. Why? Because nursing homes throughout the U.S. notoriously lack an adequate number of caretakers to sufficiently attend to their patients' needs. In fact, it has been reported that nearly 90% of all nursing home facilities in the country are understaffed. This, in turn, leaves residents susceptible to an array of neglect-related injuries and illnesses—including bed sores. These pressure ulcers can develop under the skin when an immobile patient is left in a sedentary position for too long.

For this reason, caretakers are expected to move or turn a patient every few hours, or as often as is necessary. This helps to stimulate blood flow and prevent vulnerable parts of the body from building up sustained pressure. Since most elderly patients have trouble getting up or moving on their own, it is their caretaker's responsibility to ensure that they practice frequently mobility. Bed sores can develop quickly when a patient is routinely neglected, and they can become increasingly difficult to recover from when they are left untreated. Not to mention, one deep tissue bed sore can cost over $70,000 to treat. For this reason, you should not hesitate to pursue compensation if you or someone you love was injured in a nursing home.

With the help of a Portland personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Timothy Grabe, you can hold all responsible parties accountable for the harm that you have suffered. Call our office today at (503) 825-2115 or submit a free case evaluation form online to learn more about how we can help.