Bed sores (decubitus ulcers) are painful and potentially life-threatening. They are also an indicator of substandard medical care or outright neglect. If your elderly parent has developed open wounds or is bedridden and complains of pain, trust your instincts and call in professional help.
The Albany, NY-based law firm of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, our experienced attorneys are advocates for victims of nursing home negligence and neglect. We can take action to hold elder care facilities accountable for allowing bed sores to form and fester. Contact us today to start the investigation.
Justice and Compensation for Preventable Bed Sores
Bed sores, also called pressure ulcers or pressure sores, are progressive wounds that develop around the bony protrusions such as the hips, tailbone, elbows and heels. The chief cause is pressure and reduced blood flow from lying in one position for extended periods.
The skin tissue gradually degrades, dies and cracks, becoming an open wound. Without treatment, bed sores penetrate into underlying muscle tissue and even bone. They are incredibly painful and highly prone to infection. Deep or infected pressure ulcers can lead to hospitalization or death.
The professional standard of care calls for nursing staff to reposition or turn bedridden patients every few hours to prevent bed sores by relieving the pressure and restoring circulation. In lawsuits against nursing homes, our investigation often reveals that clients languished for days without being turned or receiving proper medical treatment.
Upstate New York Lawyers with Experience in Pressure Ulcers Caused by Negligence
We know that money can’t take away your loved one’s agony or make up for the nursing home’s violation of your trust. We aim for damages that cover the costs of medical intervention and hiring an attorney, plus compensation to the victim for the unforgivable pain and suffering. Monetary awards also spur for-profit nursing homes to improve the quality of care, sparing other patients from the shameful neglect.
E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy has successfully sued elder care facilities throughout the Greater Capital District, Upstate and Central New York. In the quest for justice, we professionally research medical records, patient charts, staffing levels, employee backgrounds, and prior lawsuits or NYS Department of Health citations to show how the nursing home failed to provide competent and humane treatment of your loved one.
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If you suspect nursing home neglect, Contact us for a free personal injury consultation by phone or schedule a confidential in-person meeting with an attorney at one of our four convenient offices in Albany, Latham, Troy, or Saratoga Springs, NY. We are here to help you and your family through this difficult time.