Elderly individuals who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities may be susceptible to elder abuse. Elder abuse comes in many forms and includes physical, emotional, mental, sexual, and financial abuse. It also includes instances of neglect. Below, you will find some examples of complications that are associated with common nursing home elder abuse injuries.
When bodily tissue dies, gangrene is a condition that can develop. Gangrene is caused by a loss of blood supply that results from an underlying injury, illness, or infection. The most common areas of the body for gangrene to develop are fingers, toes, and other outer limbs. However, it is important to note that gangrene also has the ability to develop inside the body. Gangrene that occurs inside the body may cause damage to the organs and muscles.
Osteomyelitis Secondary to Stage IV Decubitus Ulcer
A decubitus ulcer is the medical term for bed sores or pressure ulcers. When a decubitus ulcer is left untreated, serious infections may develop. One of these infections is called osteomyelitis. Osteomyelitis is a bone infection that can either be acute or chronic, and it is caused by bacteria. This disorder commonly occurs as a result of an infection that developed in one area of the body. The infection in that one area is then transported through the bloodstream and ends up settling in a bone in a distant location from the originally affected body part. If these ulcers are left untreated, they will eventually extend to the bone. Osteomyelitis is thought to occur in nearly one-third of stage four pressure ulcers.
If you or a loved one has experienced elder abuse injuries and complications while living in a nursing home or assisted living facility, contact the elder abuse attorneys at The Peck Law Group today. Our attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.