I have focused my attention on Nursing Homes because of an extremely troubling trend that I have noticed lately, negligence in these institutions appears to be getting worse, not better.
Consequently, when I find good articles that support my own observations and theories, I will share them in this forum.
Back on June 3, 2013, I wrote an article about Kennedy Ulcers that has truly been an eye opener to many. I have now received calls from all over the United States regarding these ulcers and what to do if a hospital or nursing home attempts to re-characterize neglect as a Kennedy Ulcer. In each of those calls, I have made it clear that I believe bed sores, including “Kennedy Ulcers,” are preventable.
Of course with every theory, regardless of the data that supports it, there are skeptics. Having skeptics is extremely healthy for a society. Of course, at some point, skepticism must give way to a new paradigm or be proven as false.
Some examples that come to mind are theories that the earth isn't flat, that matter and energy are the same thing (e=mc2), and that the majority of the matter in the universe is both undiscovered and all around us (dark matter).
In each of these theories, time and a lack of alternate plausible explanations
have given way to a new agreed upon paradigm that may not be completely correct, but that holds up in all but the most extreme cases.
Bed sores are no different. I recently read an article from the September 2013 Consumer Reports magazine that rated local hospitals. As I went through the list of Georgia hospitals ranked near the bottom, I realized that I currently have suits pending against most of them.
This was a validation of my own anecdotal observations. It made me wonder what else this independent group of experts has found.
As I dug deeper, I found a list of 8 things that should never happen in a hospital. As I read the article, I realized that another paradigm is emerging consistent with my theory on bed sores. In the article, it clearly states what I have theorized and attempted to prove for many years; bedsores should never occur in a hospital – they are preventable. I will take it one step farther and say that bedsores should never occur in a nursing home either.
If you or a loved one has been affected by the negligent care at a medical facility resulting in bed sores, you aren't alone. We as a society cannot simply stand by as our parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins are treated with such indignity as to allow bed sores to develop and then blame what could easily have been prevented on age or the dying process.
Regardless of where you live, I can help you find a lawyer that understands pressure ulcers.