Bedsores Are a “Never Event”
Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

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Why Bedsores Are a “Never Event”

“Never events” are particularly shocking medical errors that result in serious injury or death and are recognized within the medical community as occurrences that should not happen at healthcare facilities. There are 28 “never events” recognized within the medical community. The developments of Stage III and Stage IV bedsores are a never event.

Bedsores Are Almost Entirely Avoidable

Bedsores are a never event | nursing home abuse attorney Brian MurphyStage III and IV bed sores were determined to be avoidable conditions that should not happen at any nursing home and other care facility, including Philadelphia, and anywhere in the state of PA and NJ. Despite being almost entirely avoidable, the prevalence of Stage III and Stage IV bed sores has not been properly addressed by many area nursing homes. Unfortunately, bed sores are a never event yet common in many Pennsylvania and New Jersey nursing homes.

In 2007, Medicare, the chief governmental entity responsible for funding many nursing homes and care facilities, in an effort to reduce the volume of bed sores occurring at nursing homes, took the extraordinary step of refusing to reimburse health care facilities for treatment related to Stage III and Stage IV bed sores that developed at their facilities. Despite Medicare’s best efforts to reduce the incidents of bed sores, they continue to occur with far too much frequency in big cities such as Philadelphia and all throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey nursing homes.

Protecting Your Rights When “Never Event” Bed Sores Occur

If your loved one has developed a Stage III or Stage IV bed sore in a Pennsylvania or New Jersey nursing home, you should not hesitate to contact Bedsore Attorney Brian Murphy. You need to understand your rights straight away. You likely have a legal cause of action against the neglectful nursing home for the development of the bed sore.

It is important that you act quickly. Immediate action may be necessary to preserve your loved one’s medical records and other vital evidence in your case. You need the advice of an experienced PA or NJ nursing home abuse bed sore attorney.

An Experienced Nursing Home “Never Event” Bedsore Attorney

Brian P. Murphy has been litigating nursing home bed sore cases as well as other types of nursing home abuse and neglect for many years. He is fully familiar with the kind of nursing home neglect that leads to the development and deterioration of “never event” bed sores. Mr. Murphy understands the legal duties and obligations that regional nursing homes have to ensure their residents’ rights are respected. Listed below are some examples of responsibilities these local nursing homes in Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester counties have.

  • Nursing home care providers have the responsibility to assess residents if they risk developing bed sores. If they do not and a bed sore develops, the nursing home is responsible for the development of the bed sore.
  • Should a person be at risk of developing a bed sore, the nursing home has the responsibility to create a care plan with interventions meant to prevent the development of bed sores. Interventions include, among other things, turning and repositioning the resident at least every two hours to ensure that all parts of the body at risk of bed sores are receiving proper pressure relief. If this does not happen, the facility can be held liable.
  • Interventions that are placed in a care plan must be implemented continuously and consistently by the nursing staff. If this is not done, the facility can be held liable.
  • Philadelphia nursing homes as well as those throughout PA and NJ are required to inform family members immediately upon the development of a bed sore. Should this not happen, the facility can be held responsible.

Contact an Attorney

Bucks County attorney Brian Murphy | Exclusively Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect casesBrian P. Murphy is an experienced and well-regarded New Jersey and Pennsylvania nursing home abuse attorney. He has successfully represented many elderly nursing home residents subjected to abuse and neglect. Mr. Murphy handles cases throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. If you see signs of nursing home abuse or neglect, take immediate action today. Contact nursing home abuse attorney, Brian P. Murphy, to discuss your potential legal matter.

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