Nursing Home Settles Pressure Ulcer Case

A nursing home plagued with allegations of sub-standard of care recently settled out of court with the family of a decubitus ulcer victim.

Nursing Home Settles Pressure Ulcer Lawsuit

Poplar Living Center nursing home facility recently settled a number of nursing home negligence claims

Poplar Living Center in Casper has been cited repeatedly by health officials for poor care, including a recent citation of a nursing home van driver accidentally running over a blind resident that was standing on the facility’s curb.

The facility has been alleged to be understaffed with CMS noting that it has a history of providing persistent poor care. This facility is managed by Sava Senior Care, one of the larger nationwide corporate chains that operate skilled nursing facilities like the Poplar Living Center.

Why Do Pressure Ulcers Occur?

Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bedsores or decubitus ulcers, develop when a patient is sitting or lying in the same position for too long. Healthy, active people can reposition themselves when they feel this discomfort, but this is not an option for many bed-bound nursing home residents. When a patient cannot reposition themselves, it is the job of the nurses to move them every 2 hours. Failing to reposition the patient at least every two hours is a form of nursing home negligence. This neglect can result in painful pressure sores. These pressure ulcers are more than just inconvenient, they can pose a lethal threat in a compromised patient. Pressure ulcers easily get infected and can lead to sepsis, amputation and death.

What to do Following a Pressure Ulcer Diagnosis

If you’ve just learned that your loved one developed a pressure ulcer in a nursing home, hospital or assisted living facility, make sure to photograph the wound. Get the victim outside of the facility to see an independent doctor. This means that you should find a physician who has no affiliation with the negligent nursing home. Once your family member is looked after medically, call the lawyers at Senior Justice Law Firm to investigate what happened and why it occurred. Pressure ulcer injuries are largely preventable. Do not let the neglect go unpunished. Speak with our lawyers today in a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Source: http://trib.com/news/local/casper/casper-nursing-home-with-history-of-poor-care-allegations-settles/article_7ad08642-500e-5ba4-822f-5cb117c136be.html

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