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Why Bedsores Can indicate Nursing Home Abuse

Placing a beloved family member in a nursing home can be a challenging experience, often layered with doubt. The transition from an independent living situation to a nursing home is often difficult and emotional for both the resident and their family. When you place your trust in a nursing home and then learn that the person who is living there is suffering from abuse, the aftermath can be devastating. 

Bedsores Are a Common Sign of Nursing Home Abuse

There are many different ways to identify signs of nursing home abuse, and bedsores are often a common signifier. This does not mean that bedsores always indicate nursing home abuse, but if you notice that someone at a nursing home does have bedsores, it is worth inquiring further. 

Bedsores form when a person stays in the same position without moving for an extended period of time. This could be many hours or many days, and with the older population who are living in nursing homes, bedsores can quickly evolve into a serious medical issue. Bedsores could indicate that the nursing home resident is not getting the care and attention that they need and are a common sign of neglect or even intentional abuse. 

What to do if you Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

Bedsores are one sign of potential nursing home abuse, and if you notice that your loved one has developed these, it is important to follow up and ask questions. 

  • Talk to your loved one – If you are able, ask directly about the bedsores. See if you can find out how long they have been an issue. If the nursing home resident seems fearful or resistant to discussing them, this could be a sign that they are worried about further abuse and is a real cause for concern. 
  • Speak with the nursing home staff – Ask about the cause of the bedsores and how they are being treated. The nursing home staff should keep medical records and notes that show how they are treating this issue. 
  • Contact a nursing home attorney – After talking to both your loved one who is living in the nursing home and the staff who work there, if you are unsatisfied with the answers you have received, take the next steps and contact an experienced lawyer to discuss your legal options. 

Speak with an Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Right Away

If you suspect that a loved one who is living in a nursing home is experiencing abuse, it can be difficult to know which steps to take. A skilled nursing home abuse lawyer can help you navigate the legal aspects of this challenging time. Nursing home abuse is a serious issue that can result in permanent injuries and even death. The attorneys at The Horwitz Law Group are dedicated to helping those who are suffering from nursing home abuse. To learn more about your legal rights in the event of nursing home abuse, contact us as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation.



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