Can I take photographs of my loved one’s bedsore in a Nursing Home or Hospital?

Many times, nursing homes or hospital nurses claim that a family member is not allowed to take photographs and pictures of their loved one’s bedsore (or decubitus ulcer). They may vaguely claim HIPAA rules or health concerns but this could not be further from the truth. You are always allowed to photograph your family member’s pressure sore wounds and you should not be bullied into thinking otherwise.

For pressure ulcer photographs of the difference between Stage I, Stage II, Stage III and Stage IV pressure sores, click here.

Often times, nurses at nursing homes and hospitals are responsible for the bedsore forming. These nurses may try to cover up the wound by preventing you from taking pictures of the bedsore. Do not let the abuse go unreported. When you see a pressure sore on your family member, take pictures immediately. Save the photographs and make a note as to the date and time each wound picture was taken. Do not rely on the facility to photograph the bedsore. Inevitably, these pressure sore pictures get “lost” when the nursing home / hospital is confronted with an investigation. Make sure to maintain your own evidence and save your own pressure sore photos. Try to document the wound progression over the course of the residency by taking many different bedsore photographs over the course of time. This will objectively show whether the decubitus ulcer got better or worse. If you need help with this, immediately contact a pressure sore lawyer.

Remember, a pressure sore is a “never” event. Meaning, it should never happen. Bedsores can lead to sepsis (blood infection) and even death. If you or a loved one developed a pressure sore in a nursing home, A.L.F. or hospital, make sure to take many wound photographs so you have proof of the nursing neglect. If you would like to learn more about your options in bringing a bedsore neglect case, or would like to speak with a qualified bedsore lawyer, call (561) 316-7207

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