According to sciencedaily.com, bedsore injury increases the risk of hospital readmission and death for Medicare patients. “Individuals at the highest risk are those with existing chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and those on steroids,” the article stated. Nearly 5 percent of those patients developed a bedsore while in the hospital. Of the 3,000 patients who were admitted with a bedsore, 16.7 percent developed another one during their stay.
HOW DOES A BEDSORE INJURY OCCUR?
“Neglect is the silent killer in nursing homes,” CBS News has stated. “By some estimates, malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores, and infection—caused by neglect—account for half of nursing home deaths and injuries.”
“New research is suggesting that the battle against bedsores requires a team approach, enlisting everyone from nurses and nursing assistants to laundry workers, nutritionists, maintenance workers, and even in-house beauticians,” nytimes.com stated in 2008.
Yet nursing home residents continue to die from preventable pressure ulcers. Many nursing homes say they’re understaffed and overworked. Sometimes, that truly isn’t their fault.
Bedsore injury can be prevented if staff members attended to their patients often enough to
- Change the patient’s position every couple of hours
- Keep the patient’s skin dry
- Keep the patient hydrated and well fed
According to the New York Times, private equity firms acquire nursing homes and often reduce costs, increase profits, and quickly sell the facilities for significant gains. The typical nursing home acquired by a large investment company before 2006 scored worse than national rates in 12 of 14 indicators that regulators use to track ailments of long-term residents. Those ailments include bedsores and easily preventable infections as well as the need to be restrained. Many of those homes scored at or above national averages in similar measurements before being acquired by private investors.
According to attorneys, a woman who was awarded $110 million in the nursing home neglect death of her mother in 2010 is still trying to figure out who to collect from. Collection was thwarted through a complex transaction that sent Trans Healthcare’s liabilities to a shell company called Fundamental Long Term Care Inc., which had no assets, while creating a solvent nursing home chain that was protected from judgments. The defendants have denied trying to escape liability, according to the September 22, 2014, article on claimsjournal.com.
If you or a loved one suffered bedsore injuries while being treated by medical professionals, you may be able to take legal action for your pain, suffering, and other losses. Contact The Mellino Law Firm to discuss your legal rights and options with an experienced bedsore injury attorney in Cleveland.
HOW MELLINO LAW CAN HELP
If a loved one died from a neglected bedsore, attorney Chris Mellino welcomes you to contact our office for a free consultation. You may also download Chris’ free, easy-to-read guide, Your Ohio Medical Malpractice Questions Answered, read testimonials, or learn about previous case results.
Our Cleveland bedsore injury lawyers are prepared to fight for your rights, as well as the justice your loved one deserves. Depending on the circumstances involved in your case, you may be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses and treatment, lost income and/or wages, funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and more.