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Tampa Personal Injury Blogs from January, 2014

Bed Sore Lawyer Tampa - Information Concerning Nursing Home Pressure Wounds


Pressure sores or bed sores are one of the most common reasons for nursing home abuse claims within the State of Florida. When a new resident is admitted to a nursing home, various laws require the nursing home to visually inspect the resident and conduct a thorough skin assessment. Our Tampa Nursing Home Attorneys work with residents and loved ones of residents who have sustained varying degrees of bed sores during their residency. Our attorneys dedicate a substantial portion of their practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have sustained pressure sores while residing in a nursing home, assisted living facility or hospital.

Elderly individuals are more prone to skin breakdown because they often have frail skin and various other ailments which aids in the deterioration of the skin. Some of the more common locations for the development of pressure sores are the:

  • Buttocks
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders
  • Ankles and
  • Head.

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, it is extremely important that you supervise nursing home staff whenever they change and/or dress your loved one. It is also important to ensure they are turned and repositioned at least every two (2) hours. You want to ensure their skin, clothes and bedding remains dry and clean. Often times, a resident who has frequent visitors will receive more attention and care as opposed to those residents who, unfortunately, do not receive as many visitors. Lastly, you are authorized to ask the nursing home staff to show you the Care Plan that must be created specifically for your loved one to address the prevention of skin breakdown.

Our attorneys continue to litigate cases involving pressure sores developing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals throughout Florida, including Hernando County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, Manatee County, Polk County, Orange County and Sarasota County. Should you have any questions regarding pressure sores and/or Florida nursing home residents' rights, please contact us, your Tampa Personal Injury Lawyers.

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