Are Bed Sores a Sign of Elder Abuse?

If your elderly loved one is in a hospital or caregiving facility and you have noticed bed sores, you may be wondering: Are bed sores a sign of elder abuse? Bed sores can be a sign of abuse, so you should pay attention. If you believe your loved one has been mistreated or abused, you may have options for holding those responsible to account with the help of a personal injury lawyer.

What Are Bed Sores?

Bed sores are skin wounds caused by the extended contact or pressure of an object against the skin. These types of wounds usually happen to people confined in a wheelchair or a bed or who otherwise have extremely limited mobility.

Many times these types of sores develop because the person has remained in one position for far too long. Bed sores can be prevented by moving the patient regularly and changing their positioning. If you see bed sores, this can be a sign of elder abuse.

Other Signs of Elder Abuse

There are many other signs of neglect and abuse as well:

  • Malnourishment and weight loss
  • Anxiety and withdrawal
  • Markings or bruising on the body
  • Poor hygiene and other signs of neglect

Speak with an Elder Abuse Lawyer Today

So then, are bed sores a sign of elder abuse? They definitely can be. When you place a loved one in the care of a nursing home facility, you expect that they will be well cared for. If you learn that your loved one has instead been neglected and mistreated, you may be able to seek damages.

You and your loved one deserve justice and compensation for everything you’ve endured. Get in touch with the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo to discuss your elder abuse case. You can receive a free case review when you call 561-659-6366 or when you complete the case review form below.