Seattle Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Pressure sores (or bedsores) are often a sign of nursing neglect. A pressure sore develops when there is prolonged pressure in one area leading to breakdown of the skin, usually on the hips, heels, elbows, or buttocks. People who are bedridden or who use a wheelchair-who are unable to change their position without help-are susceptible to pressure sores.
Once the skin has broken down, infection can set in if left unattended. A sepsis infection can lead to amputation and even death. In a Kaiser Family Foundation study of our nation’s nursing home deficiencies, 20% of Washington state nursing homes were cited for pressure sores.
About Nursing Home Neglect or Malpractice
If your loved one has developed a significant bedsore or suffered a life-threatening sepsis infection, you should consult an Seattle personal injury attorney at The Law Office of Joanne R. Werner. This is an indicator that the nursing home may be negligent in providing care.
Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Werner was a registered nurse and a professor of nursing. She understands the standards of care that must be followed by nurses, physicians, physical therapists and other health care providers in health care facilities including hospitals, nursing homes and in the community. When those standards of care are not met, lives may be in danger.
At The Law Office of Joanne R. Werner, we have successfully handled many medical malpractice link to medical malpractice and nursing home neglect cases for pressure sores and sepsis (see significant cases link to significant cases). When you work with our law firm, you can have confidence that your legal case is being handled by a lawyer who truly understands the challenges you face.
Contact a Seattle nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm to schedule a free initial consultation.
Attorney Joanne R. Werner, R.N., M.S., J.D., represents clients throughout Washington State, including King County, Pierce County, Spokane County, Whatcom County, and Yakima County and the communities of Seattle, Bellingham, Spokane, Tacoma, Yakima, Seattle and Puget Sound area.