Bradenton Nursing Home Bed Sores Attorney
Nursing home abuse and neglect is a serious problem in Florida and throughout the US, with some sources indicating that as many as 1 in 10 residents have suffered some form of mistreatment in assisted living centers. It is devastating to learn that a loved one was injured due to intentional acts, but serious harm can also result from carelessness. A common medical condition that results from neglect is bed sores, which are extremely painful and can lead to severe, life-threatening infections.
Bed sores are preventable and only develop when nursing homes violate legal and contractual duties to provide quality care for residents. Victims do have legal rights and remedies, though it may be up to family members to take action. You can rely on our team at Kohn Law to assist with the process, so please contact us to schedule a no-cost consultation with a Bradenton nursing home bed sores attorney. You can also read on to learn more about your options.
Overview of Bed Sores and Related Injuries
The Mayo Clinic describes a bed sore as a pressure ulcer or decubitus ulcer, i.e., a wound that results when a person’s posture is primarily lying down. They occur because of prolonged friction and/or compression that limits blood flow to the skin, especially bony parts of the body like the heels, hips, and tailbone.
However, beyond this medical description, the underlying reason residents of nursing homes develop bed sores is neglect. These wounds often occur when the person is confined to a wheelchair or in bed for long periods of time without movement. Had the assisted living facility provided quality care to the resident, this scenario would not occur. Often, neglect is due to understaffing, carelessness in hiring and training staff, or lack of funds.
Seeking Compensation for Your Losses
From the term “neglect,” you may probably guess that liability in these cases is based upon the legal theory of negligence. To obtain compensation for your loved one, you must prove that the nursing home caused bed sores through a breach of its duty of care. The first step in the process is usually filing a claim and engaging in settlement negotiations to reach an agreement on monetary damages. If the facility will not agree, you must sue in court.
The Bradenton nursing home bed sores lawyers at Kohn Law will be at your side when filing a claim, during settlement discussions, and throughout proceedings in court. Our objective is to obtain fair, reasonable compensation for the losses a nursing home resident suffers, such as:
- Costs of medical treatment;
- Emotional distress;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Many others.
Discuss Your Circumstances with a Bradenton Nursing Home Bed Sores Attorney
If you have concerns about a loved one being subjected to neglect at a Florida assisted living center, please contact Kohn Law right away. We can set up a complimentary case assessment with a Bradenton nursing home bed sores lawyer. After reviewing your unique circumstances, we can advise you on your options for recovering compensation.