We place a great of trust in our medical care providers, so it is cause for alarm when someone we love suffers from an injury that modern medicine should make obsolete. If your parent went into a hospital for some form of treatment and developed bedsores, then you owe it to him or her and yourself to consider legal action.
Can you sue the hospital if your parent develops bedsores during one's stay? Maybe.
You must be diligent and gather as much information as you can to determine if your parent received negligent care. No matter what you find, it is important to understand how and why you parent developed the sores to keep them from recurring regularly in the future.
Did the medical provider assess risk factors before treatment began?
Bedsores are one of those issues that indicates a breakdown in care or some other problem in a patient's routine. Before you go straight to making a legal claim, you must first determine what caused the bedsore in the first place.
If bedsores occurred because your parent's medical provider did not undertake one's due diligence to understand factors that might lead to bedsores, then you may have a claim. Your parent may not have had enough sensation in the area affected to know he or she was becoming injured.
Likewise, your parent may have dietary restrictions or a condition like diabetes, which may contribute to loss of sensation in his or her extremities or make skin and muscle tissues particularly susceptible to bedsores.
Acceptable medical care takes these issues into account when designing care to ensure that the patient doesn't suffer additional injuries. If these measures were not taken, you may have a legitimate suit.
What could have averted the injury?
When your parent developed bedsores, was there some kind of care that could have avoided them?
If a bedsore is only mild and the care provider takes steps to address it, you may not have a strong case for negligent treatment. Similarly, if your parent refused some form of care that could have prevented the bedsore, this weakens your case.
However, if your parent developed a serious bedsore, especially when regular care could have prevented it, your case is stronger. The seriousness of a bedsore is cumulative, becoming more dangerous the longer it remains untreated.
A serious bedsore can lead to an amputation, or even death. It is heartbreaking to examine the factors leading to a dangerous bedsore and realize that better care could have prevented it from occurring, or at least kept it from becoming dangerous.
In an age where it is so easy to move a bed to various positions that alleviate pressure in one area or another, one might think that bedsores would be a thing of the past, and for the most part they are.
Still, bedsores can occur, and you should always investigate them. If you are not sure how to take the next step toward justice, do not hesitate to enlist the help of an experienced attorney who understands many of the nuances in medical negligence cases. With proper legal guidance, you can pursue justice confidently, assured that your representation will protect your parent's rights.