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New York’s Top Bedsore Attorneys Fighting For Victims of Nursing Home Abuse

Dalli & Marino, LLP is New York’s premier elder abuse and personal injury law firm specializing in cases involving bedsores (pressure ulcers) due to nursing home negligence and abuse. Our experienced New York bedsore lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for our clients in these cases in the five boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island), Long Island, and Westchester and Rockland Counties since 1996.

Number of Bedsore Cases

Each year, an estimated 2.5 million people suffer from bedsore injuries, which can occur when a nursing home resident stays in one position for an extended period of time. If untreated, these injuries can become infected and create dangerous complications.

Bedsores are the most preventable injury among the elderly. Their presence on a nursing home resident is a leading indicator of elder abuse, often caused by understaffing at these skilled nursing facilities. Inadequate staffing means not enough trained personnel are available to take proper care of all residents.

Tips to Prevent Bedsores

Bedsores are an indicator of neglect and abuse and, more often than not, aren’t detected until it’s too late. In the future, there are a number of steps your loved one can take in order to help reduce the chances of getting bedsores. Here are a few:

  • Change positions often: Patients who lay in bed for an especially long period of time without moving have a greater chance of getting bedsores. As a rule of thumb, patients should try to change positions every two hours. They should avoid laying directly on their hip bones and raising their head more than 30 degrees. Instead, it’s encouraged to lay at a 30-degree angle in order to ease pressure on the hips and reduce the risk of friction injuries.
  • Exercise daily: Exercising doesn’t necessarily constitute running a marathon. Staying active may just be a matter of taking a slow walk, stretching, or walking around your room. Moving your body will not only diminish your chances of getting bedsores but also increase your blood flow, encourage an optimistic mood, and improve your overall mental health.
  • Stay healthy: It’s essential to pay close attention to your diet, as malnutrition is one of the leading causes of bedsores and other illnesses. Having enough vitamins, minerals, fat, protein, and calories is necessary for good physical and mental health.
  • Examine your skin consistently: It’s essential to check your skin on a regular basis, despite any other preventative steps you may be taking. Make sure your skin is clean, dry, and devoid of infections, smells, tenderness, or any other form of damage.

If you or a loved one notices anything out of the ordinary, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Stages of Bedsores

If you’re suffering from bedsores, it’s important to consider the “stage” of your illness so that you can get the proper and necessary treatment. Medical professionals typically sort bedsores into four different stages. If found early, bedsores can heal in just a few days.

  • Stage one: This is the mildest stage. You may notice that your skin is becoming red and itchy, and it may feel warm and spongy to the touch. It’s important at this point to stop the pressure from building up by changing positions or using foam pads, pillows, or mattresses. Wash the sore with mild soap and water, and dry it gently.
  • Stage two: Once the bedsore reaches this stage, you may notice some loss of skin and open wounds filled with pus. Patients in stage two are likely to feel pain and discomfort. It would be beneficial to clean the wound with water and cover it with a see-through dressing. Recovery time can range from three days to three weeks.
  • Stage three: At this point, the bedsore will start to affect your second layer of skin, fat tissue, and muscles. The wound is now deepening, and you may show signs of an infection. At this point, a doctor will remove any dead tissue and prescribe antibiotics. Recovery time typically lasts between one and four months.
  • Stage four: This is the most severe stage, and the healing process could take up to a year. Your sore is deep and big, and the skin has turned black. There’s likely an infection, and you may be able to see tendons, muscles, and bone. At this point, surgery is likely required.

Bedsores can be extremely painful, which is why it’s so important to catch it in its early stages. If you think you or a loved one may be developing bedsores, seek medical attention immediately.

Bedsore Actions

If your loved one has suffered from bedsores or pressure ulcers in a nursing home, they may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering. Dalli & Marino’s team focuses on helping hundreds of families confront the failure of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals to provide their patients with good care consistent with New York State and Federal regulations. We also have many decades of experience in supporting the process of evidence gathering for bedsore-related cases, with a clear understanding of the rules as well as the possible role of electronic medical records/electronic health records (EMR/EHR) and expert witnesses.

Our firm has handled hundreds of cases involving elderly residents of nursing homes who suffer injuries such as bedsores, falls, dehydration, medication errors, and sexual abuse. As a result, we have gained expertise navigating these highly sensitive matters, resulting in numerous successful verdicts and settlements.

Verdicts

For example, Dalli & Marino—specifically partner John Dalli—obtained a large jury verdict against a nursing home that failed to properly treat a resident’s bedsores over the course of several months. During the trial, we proved that the nursing home falsified medical records and the client was awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Do not let your loved one suffer bedsores without receiving compensation for their pain and suffering. Even if your loved one has passed away, a lawsuit can be brought on behalf of the estate to recover for the suffering that bedsores caused.

Contact Dalli & Marino: New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, either through neglect in a nursing home or another type of negligent care, please do not hesitate to contact the law firm of Dalli & Marino, LLP. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients recover just compensation for their injuries.

 

Lawyers Not Screeners

In addition to speaking with a live person whenever you call Dalli & Marino to discuss a nursing home abuse or negligence case, you’ll find that every case is screened by a lawyer, not a receptionist.

Please call our office today at (888) 465-8790 or complete our online form.