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For able-bodied people, it is natural to change positions in bed or while sitting, to avoid putting prolonged strain on any one part of the body. For immobile nursing home residents, this is impossible. They rely on staff members to change positions for them. When these safety measures are not taken, helpless residents can develop bed sores, painful ulcers caused by prolonged pressure on the skin.
Bed sores, also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, often develop around the bony parts of the body, such as the hips, ankles and tail bone. These sores can be very difficult to treat, and, if left untreated, can result in infections that enter the blood stream.
The attorneys at Barrett Law Firm, P.C., have extensive experience handling nursing home negligence claims, including those involving bed sores. If your loved one has suffered due to the negligence of nursing home staff or administration, we are here to help you explore your legal options.
Frail and elderly nursing home residents are prone to falling. Safety measures such as use of handrails, lifting belts, bed guard rails and ankle bracelets are often used to prevent falls and to make sure residents do not wander off on their own.
All too often, nursing home staff members fail to take necessary precautions, resulting in falling accidents that cause broken bones, head injuries, hip injuries and other serious injuries to nursing home residents.
If your loved one was injured in a nursing home fall, our lawyers are here to investigate the circumstances of the accident and to determine who is to blame. We are staunch advocates for injured and abused elders in Rockford, Chicago and throughout Illinois.
If someone close to you has suffered due to a bed sore or fall in a nursing home, our lawyers are here for you. Please contact our law offices online or by telephone at 815-332-9600 to arrange your free initial consultation with an experienced nursing home neglect attorney.