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October 23, 2019 | Gary Burger

Does a Loved One Have Bed Sores After a Nursing Home Stay or Hospital Visit?

Bed Sores happen because of negligence. Plain and simple. Any nursing home or hospital that is giving it's patients their due diligence is going to be able to prevent bed sores from ever happening. But what do you when a hospital or nursing home isn't providing your loved one with the care they deserve? What are your options to correct the situation? Can you sue? Should you sue?

In this FAQ we're going to explore the options you can take when your loved one is neglected by either a nursing home, hospital, or by a nursing or assisted living assistant. Remember, bed sores are not your fault, nor are they your loved one's fault. Your loved one needs medical help and attention that you aren't licensed to provide, and may not know how to adequately do. You rely on the knowledge of the nurses and assistants. When they don't provide the full level of care that they are required and paid to do, they should be held accountable for their negligence. If you have a loved one who is suffering from bed sores and you need help holding a nursing home or hospital accountable, call our Personal Injury Lawyers in St. Louis at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222.

Can I sue for Bed Sores?

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As stated earlier, Nursing Homes and Hospital are required to provide your loved one with a standard of care that includes knowing how to prevent bed sores. Any patient or resident that is bed bound has to be moved every two hours to prevent bed sores. This isn't cutting edge medical knowledge, it's a common practice. This is care that they should be receiving on a regular and tracked basis. But what do you do if your loved ones starts to develop bed sores or already has bed sores?

  • 1. Take pictures of the sores and alert either the nurses or the staff immediately.
  • 2. Ask the nursing staff questions. Ask them if your loved one is being turned every two hours. Ask to see the logs detailing the care they received and when.
  • 3. Make sure that the staff has a plan of action to deal with the bed sores. These wounds need to be treated and dealt with immediately.
  • 4. Ask to speak to whoever is in charge. Make sure that they know your loved one has been receiving negligent care. It's important to document everything, and alert everyone of what is going on.
  • 5. If they try to deny any negligence, or aren't cooperative in improving the care of your loved one, seek legal advice immediately.

It's important to remember that you are paying for their services and for the care your loved one is supposed to be receiving. They aren't doing it for free, or for goodwill. You are paying them for a service and level of care they aren't delivering. If they refuse to cooperate with you, if they try to hide the bed sores, or if they are aggressive towards you or just don't seem to care, it's time to take legal action. We can help. Our Personal Injury Lawyers in St. Louis take nursing home negligence extremely seriously, and we fight for the full rights and recoveries of those who are abused and neglected by either nursing homes or hospitals. We provide legal options of recovery for those who would otherwise not have any course of action.

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People who have potential personal injury claims often don't take them on because they believe that they either can't afford a lawyer, or they can't afford the court costs or fees that can from a legal battle. With our Personal Injury Law Firm in St. Louis, you'll never pay anything unless we win your personal injury claim. We fight hard for the rights and recoveries of our clients, and we never settle for anything less than the full recovery that they are owed. If you family needs a dedicated and aggressive personal injury lawyer to fight for your rights, we can help you. Call our team at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222.