What can I do if my mother got gangrene from a pressure sore in a nursing home in Los Angeles?

05 Oct 2018

I am very sorry to hear about the medical problems. Gangrene occurs as a result of the death of body tissue in and around a pressure sore (also known as a bed sore). If the pressure sore is serious enough, it can reduce blood flow in and around the wound. This can increase the ability of bacteria to grow, which can result in gangrene.

Gangrene usually develops as a result of a lack of proper health care after a pressure sore becomes infected. The tissue can deteriorate. When that happens, it normally changes colors and can develop an odor. If not caught soon enough, there may not be any medication that can help, which means that surgery or even an amputation may be the only option. Death can also be a result.

Gangrene often occurs in people who have circulation problems. Those are often caused by diabetes, vascular disease, or other medical issues. Residents or nursing homes can be some of the most susceptible to developing gangrene. They may easily develop pressure sores that, if left untreated, may turn gangrenous. However, with proper care, pressure sores can often be avoided.

If your parent developed gangrene in a nursing home, it likely occurred as a result of poor medical care. If you are in Los Angeles, call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles personal injury attorney, at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.