Bedsores Caused by Nursing Home Neglect: Oregon Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers

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Understanding Bedsores Caused by Nursing Home Neglect


Bedsores, pressure sores, pressure ulcers, and other various names for decubitus ulcers are real problems in nursing homes.  These are types of skin and tissue injuries which can lead to serious and catastrophic infections.  Untreated or aggressive infections could result in sepsis which may threaten a resident’s life.  Fortunately, bedsores are preventable with property nursing home care and treatment.  But unfortunately, our Oregon nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers know that far too many nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and other related facilities offer substandard service which breed injuries such as bedsores and infections.  Learn how residents and their families can protect their rights when a nursing home or other facility commit elder abuse or neglect in failing to treat and prevent bedsores.


What is a Bedsore?


Bedsores are skin and tissue injuries which typically develop on areas of the body where there is the most pressure.  These pressure points typically are over bony areas such as the heels, ankles, hips, tailbone, and sometimes the shoulders.  Most instances of bedsores are on the lower extremes and on the lower back/tailbone or hips.  They are usually the result of Oregon medical malpractice and nursing home neglect and abuse when they occur.


Physical Causes of Bedsores 


There are several causes of bedsores.  The three most common mechanisms include pressure, friction, and sheering.  Generally, it is a combination of these forces which result in bed sores.  The most common cause of a bedsore is continued and prolonged pressure.  This is why it is imperative for nursing home staff members to constantly move and rotate residents to ensure that they are not playing too much pressure on one side of their body.


Nursing Home Negligence Causing Bedsores


Bedsores and pressure sores are considered to be “never events” in nursing homes.  This means that they should never happen with the proper care and treatment that nursing homes are required to give residents.  However, Oregon nursing home negligence does result in pressure sores all too often.  Some of the most common causes of nursing home negligence resulting in pressure sores includes the following:


  • Inadequate staffing
  • Inexperienced staff
  • Improperly trained staff
  • Resident neglect
  • Failing to rotate residents
  • Failing to encourage residents to walk and move
  • Improper nutrition and hydration in nursing homes
  • Unhygienic practices including ignoring resident’s basic hygiene needs
  • Failing to regularly change the bed sheets and clothing
  • Improper or defective beds, wheelchairs, or other apparatuses that cause pressure sores
  • Delays in treating bedsores, and
  • Many other common causes.


Victims of Oregon Nursing Home Neglect With Bedsores Should Ask Our Law Firm for Help


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect contact the Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Nursing Home Abuse cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


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