Hamilton NJ Nursing Home Bedsore Injuries Lawyer
With Offices in Hamilton and Pennington, NJ
Although many nursing home injuries occur because of staff negligence, certain injuries can raise concerns about nursing home abuse. If your elderly loved one is suffering from bedsores, you need to take a long, hard look at the nursing home that has been tasked with caring for residents. The reality is that more than 10 percent of all nursing home residents suffer from pressure ulcers. In many cases, these types of injuries are fatal. That’s why it is important for you to take immediate action in the event of a bedsore injury. Not only will you be holding negligent medical staff accountable for their actions; you will also prevent future negligence by encouraging the nursing home to change its staffing protocols and policies.
Cohen & Riechelson is a highly respected law firm with more than 40 years of experience in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We have helped countless clients file successful personal injury claims against nursing homes throughout Mercer County, including East Windsor, Hightstown, and Lawrence. We are passionate about fighting for the rights of elderly victims of nursing home abuse and negligence. That’s why we won’t back down against an insurance company in a nursing home abuse case. Call CR now to speak with one of our litigators about your case.
Bedsore Injuries are Deadly for Nursing Home Residents in Mercer County, New Jersey
Bedsore injuries – also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers – are caused by constant pressure being applied to a vulnerable tissue area. The damaged area of skin that results from this sustained pressure is a bedsore. These injuries are most likely to appear on bony areas of the body, such as the hips, tailbone, elbows, shoulders, or knees.
Bedsore injuries are most common among elderly people who are bedridden. That’s why nursing homes are expected to assist patients and reposition them in bed if necessary. Unfortunately, many nursing homes fail to properly train their staff to care for residents. Moreover, far too many nursing home staff members are unprepared to recognize the signs and symptoms of serious bedsore injuries. This is a particular problem for elderly patients because they are often in frail health to begin with; the rapid development of a bedsore injury can increase the likelihood of infection and potentially result in the spread of deadly disease.
Causes of Bedsore Injuries in Princeton NJ Nursing Homes
Nursing homes are expected to supervise residents in order to prevent bedsore injuries from developing. When a patient suffers a bedsore injury, nursing homes are supposed to take adequate steps to treat the injury so that infection does not spread. The problem is that many nursing homes in the State of New Jersey are inadequately staffed. Additionally, many nursing homes lack adequate equipment to treat serious injuries on site.
Some of the more specific causes of bedsore injuries among nursing home patients include:
- Failure to Rotate Patient in Bed: Nursing home staff should make sure that immobile or bedridden patients do not remain in the same position for too long.
- Failure to Reposition Patient in Wheelchair: Nursing homes should occasionally shift the weight of patients who are confined to wheelchairs.
- Poor Hygiene: Nursing homes must constantly check on patient hygiene because infections are more likely when a patient’s skin is not kept clean.
- Inadequate Nutrition: Patients who fail to maintain a healthy diet are at heightened risk of developing bedsores.
Free Consultation with Trenton NJ Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys
The personal injury attorneys at Cohen & Riechelson are prepared to do a thorough review of the nursing home facility in your case and make sure that the liable parties are held responsible for your bedsore injuries. Call us today to discuss your case, or fill out the online contact form to schedule a no-obligation meeting at our offices in Hamilton or Pennington.
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