Connecticut residents who have loved ones in nursing homes may be concerned about negligent medical care. Bedsores are among the most common injuries sustained in nursing homes. These injuries aren't just painful, they're dangerous, too, leaving the sufferer vulnerable to infection.
Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, are most commonly found among people who spend the majority of their time lying in bed or sitting in a chair. They are especially common among people who are immobile or have neurological disorders that lessen their sensory perception. These injuries are also more frequent with people who have medical conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease. However, they can be influenced by poor nutrition and hydration as well.
A person who is confined to a bed is most likely to suffer from bedsores on their tailbone, hips, shoulder blades, lower back, heels and the back and sides of the head. On the other hand, a person who is confined to a wheelchair is most likely to suffer from bedsores on their spine, shoulder blades, buttocks, tailbone and the backs of the arms and legs. To prevent bedsores, it is important for nursing staff to move the patient to relieve pressure on these areas and encourage mobility whenever possible. When a patient has bedsores, the condition may be a result of negligence stemming from the nursing staff's failure to move the patient into different positions to relieve pressure.
Navigating a medical negligence case can be difficult without a lawyer. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to help a victim and/or their family seek just compensation. A settlement could cover pain and suffering as well as medical costs and other related expenses.