Los Angeles Bedsore Lawyer

Entrusting a loved one’s well-being to outside caregivers in nursing homes or hospitals can be a difficult, but necessary, decision. Sometimes, unfortunately, that trust is violated when elder abuse occurs. If your loved one has experienced elder abuse at the hands of their caretakers, you should contact a Los Angeles nursing home bedsore attorney as soon as possible. At Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP, our Los Angeles bedsore lawyers can guide clients through the process of evaluating potential elder abuse claims. In some situations, you may be able to bring an elder abuse lawsuit against a nursing home or hospital when your loved one shows evidence of serious pressure sores.

How Does California Law Define Elder Abuse?

California law defines elders as individuals who are sixty-five years of age or older. The law provides for both civil and criminal penalties, depending upon each case. Welfare & Institutions Code § 15610 specifically states that elder abuse occurs when abuse, neglect, financial abuse, abandonment, isolation, abduction, or other treatment results in harm, pain, or mental suffering to an elder.

Physical abuse is often a particular concern for people who place loved ones into the care of nursing homes or hospitals. California law considers physical abuse to be the infliction of physical injury or pain, sexual molestation or assault, or the use of physical or chemical restraints to punish someone. Neglect is defined as whenever a caregiver fails to adequately help with an elder’s personal hygiene; fails to provide food, clothing, or shelter; or fails to protect an elder from health and safety hazards. Call our nursing home bedsore lawyer in Los Angeles, CA for legal help.

What Is a Bedsore, and Can It Be a Sign of Elder Abuse?

Bedsores may also be referred to as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers. These result when an area of the skin deteriorates because of unrelieved pressure. Several factors may come into play when it comes to bedsores:

  • They can occur even with good care.
  • They are generally seen above bony prominences.
  • Malnutrition and immobility are typical contributing factors.
  • They range in four stages from superficial to deep.
  • Treatment calls for alleviating pressure, cleaning out the wounds, and making sure the skin area stays dry and clean.

Although it is true that bedsores may occur even in instances of adequate care, there are certain danger signs to watch out for that may indicate elder abuse or neglect. These include:

  • Bedsores in unusual spots like the head, wrist, or inner leg.
  • Malodorous pressure sores.
  • Bedsores found in multiple locations and on various planes of the body.
  • No visible signs of attempting to treat the bedsore, particularly in stage III and IV pressure ulcers (i.e., significant dead tissue).

Patients who are bedbound or sedentary are typically those most at risk for developing pressure sores. Frequent repositioning, keeping skin clean and dry, and daily inspection of the skin can be crucial in helping prevent the development of bedsores. Unfortunately, some nursing homes and hospitals fail to adequately staff their facilities in a manner that provides proper care for all patients.

In such cases, you may be able to seek civil and/or criminal penalties against the caregiver or facility whose neglect or physical abuse caused your loved one’s bedsores. Consulting with an experienced Los Angeles bedsore lawyer can help you decide whether or not to file an elder abuse lawsuit against the parties whose negligence or abuse caused the development of serious bedsores.

Contact a Los Angeles Bedsore Lawyer at Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP

If you or a loved one have experienced elder abuse, you should seek help from a Los Angeles elder abuse attorney. California law may allow you to pursue civil and/or criminal penalties against the party whose negligence or elder abuse injured you or a loved one. One of the Los Angeles bedsore lawyers at Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP can help evaluate your case. Contact us online or call us at (310) 844-9696 to arrange a free consultation to find out more.