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Bedsores due to neglect by Florida Hospitals & Nursing Homes

A bedsore is a type of injury that occurs after prolonged pressure on a certain area of the skin.  Bedsores are also known as "pressure ulcers".  These besroes also knowns as presure ulcers, are injuries to a persons skin and/or the underlying tissue as the result of sustained pressure, friction, or shear on the victim's skin.    Throughout the state of Florida and specifically in Brevard County Florida in nursing homes or elderly care environments, bedsores are often the result of neglect on the part of caregivers, nurses, and/or doctors.  If left untreated, bedsores can develop into severe and life threatening infections that can cause an incredible amount of pain and sufferring.  Often times bedsores are so bad that extensive surgical procedures or possibly even death occur.  

The nursing home laws in the state of Florida require a certain level of care that must be given to each resident.   This is knows as the standard of care.  Part of the standard of care in the state of Florida requires that nursing home staff members are legally required to turn bedridden patients throughout the day to avoid the incidence of dangerous health complication such as bedsores.  That being stated, in some cases bedsores are actually not avoidable.   Most of the evidence as well as our Firm's expierence however, suggests that the majority of bedsore cases are avoidable.   When nursing home staff members do not perform their tasks properly in order to avoid bedsores from developing, they can and should be held legally liable for their neglect and negligence.   The victims of such incidents who are able to prove sufficient evidence of nursing home neglect are often times entitled to financial compensation by means of filing lawsuits and or negotiating a formal demand.

For the friends and families of pressure ulcer victims, these injuries are extremely frustrating because they are entirely preventable with proper care. The most common victims include the elderly and other people who are confined to wheelchairs.

Brevard County Melbourne Florida Lawyer for Bedsores Cases

If you or your loved one suffered pressure ulcers because of a nursing home, hospital, or other caregiver’s neglect, you could be entitled to compensation for the injuries. The Law Offices of James B. Coulter fights to get justice for clients all over Central Florida, including communities in Brevard County, Orange County, Volusia County, Seminole County, Indian River County, and Osceola County.

Attorney James Coulter of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter have more than two decades of combined legal experience. Our firm will work tirelessly to get you every dollar of compensation that you and your family need and deserve.

We represent clients on a contingency-fee-basis, which means that if you do not get paid, we don't either. You can take advantage of a free, no obligation consultation to have us review your case by calling (321) 586-9944 or sending us an online message right now.


Florida Bedsores Information Center


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Stages of Bedsores

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is a professional organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of these types of injuries. The NPUAP has established the following four stages of bedsores:

  • Stage I — The skin may be inflamed, but it is not broken. The site is typically a localized area over a bony prominence, and it may be tender, painful, firm, soft, warm, or cool compared with surrounding skin areas.
  • Stage II — Partial damage or loss of epidermis (outer layer of skin) and dermis (underlying layer of skin). The wound may be a shallow and shiny pinkish or red and can look like a fluid-filled blister or a ruptured blister.
  • Stage III — This is when the ulcer becomes a deeper wound, resulting in full thickness tissue loss and damage to subcutaneous tissue. The ulcer looks almost crater-like, and the loss of skin typically exposes some fat with the bottom of the wound possibly having some yellowish dead tissue.
  • Stage IV — This is large-scale, full thickness tissue loss that frequently exposes bone, tendon, or muscle. The bottom of the wound often contains dead tissue that is yellowish or dark and crusty.

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Causes of Bedsores

Pressure ulcers most often occur when there is prolonged pressure against a victim’s skin. The sustained pressure limits blood flow to the skin and nearby tissues.

People who are bedridden or confined to wheelchairs are some of the most frequent victims of bedsores. Some of the areas that are the most common sites of pressure ulcers include the following:

  • Back of arms;
  • Back of legs and/or arms;
  • Breasts of female patients or genital of male patients;
  • Buttocks;
  • Elbows;
  • Heels;
  • Hips;
  • Knees;
  • Lower back;
  • Rims of ears;
  • Shoulder blades;
  • Shoulders;
  • Sides and/or back of head;
  • Spine;
  • Tailbone; or
  • Toes.

A nursing home, hospital, or other types of caregiver may be liable for these injuries if a victim suffered bedsores because of a failure to take adequate prevention steps. Some examples of negligent care may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Failure to clean, protect, or properly care for patient or resident’s skin;
  • Failure to inspect patient or resident’s skin and monitor or identify early signs of pressure sore;
  • Failure to reposition or shift the weight of a patient or resident;
  • Failure to supply nutritious diet; or
  • Failure to use or supply cushion that would have relieved pressure.

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Complications of Bedsores

It may take several months for a pressure ulcer to heal—assuming that the injury can be treated. In certain cases, the effects of bedsores can prove to be fatal if the victim suffers kidney failure or amyloidosis.

In addition to very expensive costs of treating pressure ulcers, these injuries also have the potential to cause extended, possibly lifelong periods of pain for victims. Some of the complications of bedsore may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Abscesses on the skin or tissues within the body;
  • Bone and/or joint infections;
  • Cancer;
  • Cellulitis;
  • Endocarditis;
  • Meningitis;
  • Necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria);
  • Osteomyelitis;
  • Other bacterial infections;
  • Sepsis; or
  • Septic arthritis.

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Florida Resources for Bedsores

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) — The mission of the NPUAP is to serve “as the authoritative voice for improved patient outcomes in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment through public policy, education and research.” You can learn more about the organization on this website which features various position statements, white papers, and supports surface standards. You can also learn about upcoming events, recent press releases, and policy initiatives.

Pressure Ulcers Among Nursing Home Residents — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides this February 2009 National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) data brief that uses data from the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey. Some of the key findings in this study concluded that more than 1 in 10 nursing home residents in the United States having pressure ulcers, Stage II pressure ulcers being the most common, and residents of nursing homes for a year or less being more likely to have pressure ulcers than those with longer stays.


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 Bedsore Lawyers in Brevard County Florida

Did you or your loved one recently sustain a pressure ulcer because of a hospital or nursing home’s negligence? The Law Offices of James B. Coulter helps patients, nursing home residents, and the families of bedsore victims all over Central Florida with personal injury and wrongful death cases involving these kinds of injuries.

The Law Offices of James B. Coulter is based just outside of Melbourne Florida.   We  represent victims of bedsors and families of those victims throughout BRevard County as well as the entire state of Florida in sities including but not limited to: in Palm Bay, Rockledge, Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Viera, Melbourne Beach, Mims, and Lake Washington.

There are many different nursing homes in Brevar County Flordia where bedsores can possibly arrise. Some of those places are as follows:  Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital, Wuesthoff Hospital, Viera Hospital, Viera Health and Rehabilitation Center, Consulate Health Care of Melbourne, Palms Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center,  Titusville Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Anchor Care and Rehab, Courtney Springs Village, Life Care Center of Palm Bay, Rockledge Health and Rehabilitation Center, Life Care Center of Melbourne, Vista Manor, Avante at Melbourne, Indian River Medical Center, Health Center of Merritt Island, Royal Oaks Nursing and Rehab Center, Huntingtin Place Care and Rehabilitation Center, West Melbourne health and Rebabilitation, Atlantic Shores Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Carnegie Gardens Nursing Center, Melbourne Terrace Rehabilitation Center.  

Call (321) 586-9944 or send us an online message right now to schedule a completely free initial consultation that will allow our personal injury attorney to provide a complete evaluation of your case.

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