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Bedsores may point to nursing home abuse and neglect

When elderly loved ones become incapable of caring for themselves, a nursing home is often the best option to choose. Generally one expects a care facility to provide patients with a reasonable standard of care. Unfortunately, regular reports of nursing home abuse and/or neglect portrays a completely different picture.  

Illinois families who are concerned about loved ones in care may benefit from a consultation with one of the attorneys at our law firm. An evaluation of the case may provide clarity on the needed steps to take. Fortunately, we work on a contingency basis, meaning no initial cost to plaintiffs.

There are many signs that point to possible neglect. One of these signs is a decubitus ulcer, or bedsore, which forms when a patient experiences constant pressure to a particular (often bony) part of the body, such as the buttocks, elbows, hips, ankles, heels or tailbone. This leads to the skin breaking down and a sore forming. In most instances, the formation of the bedsore could have been prevented through proper care by trained staff. Although treatable, these sores are notoriously difficult to treat successfully and require diligence and a high standard of care.

Victims of nursing home abuse and neglect may have legal recourse. Our Illinois firm can assist the families of elderly loved ones in care to hold a nursing home accountable when a facility does not provide the appropriate care. For more information on nursing home and neglect, as well as bed sores, please follow the link.