Kentucky Nursing Home Bed Sores
Our team of Kentucky nursing home abuse attorneys handles cases involving bed sores and pressure sores suffered in a nursing home. Pressure sores are lesions in the skin that typically form due to constant pressure on bony parts of the body. This pressure decreases the blood flow to those areas, causing the tissue to die. Bed sores can occur anywhere, but are commonly found on the Sacrum, Coccyx (tailbone), Ankles, Elbows and Heels.
Pressure ulcers (bed sores) are often preventable. Nursing homes are obligated to identify individuals at risk for bed sores and form and implement a care plan to prevent pressure ulcers. Once the patient develops a bed sore, there is a standard of care required to care for and treat the bed sores developed in a nursing home. There are numerous risk factors for the development of pressure ulcers, including Immobility (often as a result of fractures sustained during falls), Poor nutrition and hydration, Peripheral vascular disease and Diabetes.
Nursing homes can prevent the formation of pressure ulcers by constantly turning and repositioning residents (patients) to relieve pressure on certain areas of the body, including the areas identified above. Nursing homes should provide residents with appropriate nutritional and hydrational support and regular bathing. There are pressure relieving devices such as special mattresses, beds, heel protectors and boots which can help prevent pressure ulcers by alleviating pressure to areas where the resident is at risk. Nursing homes are required to prevent the development or worsening of bed sores. When a resident develops bed sores in an Kentucky nursing home due to nursing staff negligence, the resident or family is allowed under the law to take legal action.
No Recovery, No Fee in Nursing Home Injury Cases
We take cases on a contingent basis, meaning that there is generally no cost to you unless we are able to recover a settlement or judgment on your behalf. We also front all litigation costs, meaning you need no money down to hire us as your attorneys. Litigation costs can include filing fees, court reporter fees for deposition, copying costs, experts, and travel. If you recover via trial or settlement, we are reimbursed our fronting of litigation costs out of any damages you are awarded. The actual percentage agreement between our firm and our clients may differ depending on each case. We invite you to contact us to discuss in more detail how we can help you, but please remember if there is no recovery, there is no fee.