According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 15,600 nursing homes in the United States. As the country's population grows, as many as 40% of all adults will be admitted to a nursing home at some point in their lives.

Every year, 1 in 6 residents of a nursing home may be the victim of neglect or abuse. According to one survey of nursing home residents, up to 44% of these residents have reported that they have been abused at some point in their residency and 95% have witnessed the neglect and abuse of other residents.

Bed Sores

When residents are neglected in a nursing home, one of the problems that develop is bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers. In many cases, victims of serious injuries worry that the amount of settlement that they receive will not be sufficient to cover their future rehabilitation and medication requirements. This is why victims ask their lawyers - What is the value of my case? How much money will I receive for my injuries?

Every case is unique and every case has a different set of factors that play an essential role in the final monetary result of a settlement or a jury verdict. The average of a lawsuit related to bed sores depends on a number of factors which need to be thoroughly evaluated by an experienced attorney. An attorney is the best person to help you estimate the potential value of your case.

Stages of Bed Sores

When it comes to determining the estimate value of a bed sore case, the most important factors are the extent and severity of the injury sustained due to nursing home negligence. There are four bed sore stages:

  • Stage 1 - Little or no skin loss, which shows sensitivity, redness and heat.
  • Stage 2 - Loss of skin that extends through all the layers of the epidermis. It may result in serious infections.
  • Stage 3 - Complete skin destruction as well as necrosis of the underlying tissue.
  • Stage 4 - Bone degeneration and destruction of the underlying muscle tissue, which can lead to extensive damage to the nerves and paralysis.

In the most severe cases of bed sores, victims can suffer from permanent nerve damage and bone degeneration, which in turn can result in immobility, foot drop and paralysis.

Compensation for Bed Sore Lawsuit

Plaintiffs in a bed sore-related lawsuit can obtain fair compensation for damages which include:

  • Future disability, rehabilitation care, and medication.
  • Pain and suffering caused by the bed sores.
  • Punitive damages.

If you or a loved one has suffered bed sores due to nursing home negligence, you should immediately seek the help of a qualified and experienced medical malpractice attorney at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212-344-1000. You can find out how to initiate a medical malpractice lawsuit against the nursing home or staff members during this free consultation.

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