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The Problem of Bedsores in Florida Nursing Homes

nursing homeWhen you send a loved one to a nursing home, you expect them to receive proper attention. The sad reality is that many nursing home residents suffer from preventable conditions, such as bedsores, simply because of inadequate care or neglect on the part of the nursing home facility. If you or your loved one has developed bedsores while in the care of a Florida nursing home, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami nursing home attorneys can examine the circumstances of your case and determine your eligibility for compensation.

Bedsores are a common problem in nursing homes in Florida and throughout the United States. A bedsore, also sometimes known as a pressure sore or a pressure ulcer, is a sore that develops because of pressure caused by lying in bed in one position for a long period of time. The sores are essentially lesions to the skin. Put another way, the bedsores are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue. Bedsores can lead to a number of health concerns, including infections, sepsis, gangrene, and, in the most serious cases, even death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , 2.5 million individuals suffered from bedsores in 2011. The CDC also reports that bedsores affect the health of nearly one million adults each year in the United States. The most common bedsores advance to Stage II, where the top skin layer dies off, creating a shallow crater and a risk of infection. The National Institute of Health reports that treating an advanced stage bedsore costs an average of $125,000 for a single admission.

Nursing home laws require a certain level of care for each resident. Part of this standard includes the fact that nursing home staff members are legally required to turn bedridden patients throughout the day. One reason for this is specifically to avoid health complications such as bedsores. When a nursing home fails to carry out its duties, it may be liable for any resulting harm to patients for being negligent. Negligence takes place when a nursing home causes an injury or death to a nursing home patient by failing to use the level of care that would ordinarily be expected of a nursing home facility in the same or similar circumstances.

If negligence is established, a plaintiff may be able to recover damages, such as medical bills, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, disfigurement, and more. A skilled attorney can help you determine the exact dollar amount that may be appropriate in your case.

When a nursing home fails to care for your loved one properly, the consequences can be very serious and disheartening. If you or your loved one has developed a painful bedsore or a health problem related to a bedsore, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our reputable Miami nursing home negligence attorneys can examine the facts of your case and try to get you the compensation you deserve for your harm. To speak to one of our attorneys, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.

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