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When a person stays in one position for too long, they can experience an injury known as pressure sores or bedsores, which can cause serious infections that can be life-threatening. If you or a loved one has developed bedsores in a nursing home, assisted care facility, or due to insufficient in-home care, you could be entitled to compensation.
However, pursuing a nursing home abuse claim can be difficult without the help of an experienced attorney. At Dan Chapman & Associates, we have had significant success representing victims of elder abuse and their families. Please contact our firm today for a free and confidential case evaluation with one of our experienced elder abuse lawyers.
Elder Abuse is a National Issue, and the Abused are Entitled to Damages
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, has established a national effort to prevent elder abuse. Elder abuse is defined as an intentional act, or failure to act, that causes harm or creates the risk of harm to an older adult. An older adult is a person who is over the age of 60. Elder abuse happens when a caregiver or the person the elder adult trusts engages in a form of abuse.
Common forms of elder abuse include:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional or psychological abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
Neglect is the failure to meet the older adult’s basic needs, including food, water, clothing, hygiene, shelter, and essential medical care.
Neglect is a Common Form of Elder Abuse that Causes Bedsores
Bedsores or pressure sores develop when a person is not moved from the same position often enough. For older adults, the need to be moved can come during a period of immobile recovery after a surgical procedure, or for anyone with mobility issues. If bedsores develop, that means that very basic, very essential medical care is not being provided, namely moving the person’s body from time to time to prevent the injury.
The development of bedsores indicates that the care provider for you or your loved one is being negligent in their duty, and so they will be liable for any associated costs or damages. Speaking with an experienced elder abuse attorney is the best way to consider and explore your options.
Our Attorneys Can Help
If you or a loved one has developed bedsores or other injuries due to neglect or other elder abuse, you are entitled to compensation for your damages. Your damages include not only the cost to address the issue like current medical bills, but also long-term medical costs and treatments, and potentially compensation for the pain and suffering associated with the injury.
Care providers have a duty to older adults under their supervision, and bedsores are a clear indicator of neglect. If you or a loved one has experienced this or other forms of elder abuse, an attorney from Dan Chapman and Associates can help you collect the compensation you are entitled to.
For a risk-free, cost-free case assessment, schedule a consultation with Dan Chapman and Associates now!