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My Sister Developed Bed Sores in a Nursing Home. Can We Sue?

The Law & You
November 20, 2017

The Law and You

My Sister Developed Bed Sores in a Nursing Home. Can We Sue?

A viewer is concerned about her sister, who had developed terrific bed sores while living in a nursing home. The nursing home is saying it didn’t know about her sister’s condition. Is this a sign of neglect? Can the viewer sue? Nursing home abuse lawyers Ed Ciarimboli and Corey Suda tackle this situation.

Dave Kuharchik: An issue in a nursing home, that is our topic for “The Law & You” tonight. Back with us, attorneys Corey Suda, who’s here for Greg, and Ed Ciarimboli. Gentlemen, good to see you.

Ed Ciarimboli: Before we talk about anything else, why haven’t Greg and I got the invite to deep fried turkey, again?

Dave: You know, there’s still time. There’s still a day or two if you guys could make this work.

Ed: We could make it work! PALive, deep fried turkey.

Dave: As far as I’m concerned, you guys have an open invitation to come on any time.

Ed: Alright!

Dave: Show up tomorrow with the fryer, we’ll get you on. Our question tonight, not about turkey, but about a scenario about Patty in Berwick she says, “My sister is in a nursing home. She has developed terrible bed sores. The nursing home is saying they didn’t know. Can we sue for my sister?” What should Patty do?

Ed: Bed Sores don’t happen overnight. If your sister has been in a nursing home for a prolonged period of time, it is absolutely unacceptable for them to just say “Well, we didn’t know that she had a bed sore.” There are policies and procedures and protocols in place to prevent bed sores from happening. Can bed sores happen on occasion? Sure they can, but residents need to be moved if they can’t move themselves. That’s the general rule here. If they have huge bed sores, that doesn’t happen overnight. There are specific things I want Corey to tell you what you need to do to make sure you really get on top of this; If you have a case, it’s going to be a good case to pursue. Corey, what do they need to do?

Corey Suda: The first thing you have to do is notify the nurse or physician who’s in charge of the nursing home. These bed sores need to be taken care of promptly because they can become infected and you could have some serious issues. Second thing, you want to take pictures of the bed sores. You want these bed sores documented in the medical records; When you’re attorney gets these medical records, he has all the information he or she needs to help you in your case.

Dave: Good advice, and of course if you need help or legal advice, you can give Fellerman and Ciarimboli and Suda or the whole gang a call. Check them out online as well. Results matter with attorneys Corey Suda and Ed Ciarimboli. Guys, thanks we’ll see you next time.

Ed and Corey: Thanks.

Dave: and “The Law & You” hotline are there for you.


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