Our nursing home neglect lawyers represent nursing home residents and their families in cases involving diabetic foot ulcers and heel ulcers. These neglect lawsuits arise when the nursing home staff and physician fail to properly care for a resident’s condition or fail to refer the resident to the appropriate specialist to treat the condition. Untreated diabetic foot ulcers can lead to amputation and even death. Due to a patient’s immobility and other health conditions, the heel is the second leading site for developing diabetic ulcers.
Diabetic Ulcer Information
Diabetic ulcers most often occur below the ankle. They are essentially pressure ulcers that occur secondary to diabetic neuropathy. Nursing home residents who are immobile or lack sensation in their feet and heels often do not even know these sores are developing. Therefore, it is imperative that the nursing home staff monitor the skin on the resident’s feet and heels and take appropriate measures to relieve contact pressure in those areas.
Some characteristic signs of a diabetic foot ulcer include:
- The surrounding tissue is usually dry and shiny
- Pulses are palpable
- The foot is warm
- The wound is usually round
- The surrounding callus may have tracking or undermining
- They are usually found along the pressure areas of the foot
When the nursing staff or nursing home doctor fail to diagnose and properly treat a diabetic foot ulcer or heel ulcer and that failure causes a severe injury, it can give rise to a nursing home neglect lawsuit. Quite often, the medical staff will simply fail to refer the patient to a wound care specialist or vascular surgeon who is best trained for treating the condition. A delay in treatment or referral to a specialist can cause devastating consequences, including amputation and loss of limb.
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Legal Rights After An Ann Arbor Nursing Home Neglect Injury
Patients and their families can file civil lawsuits seeking money compensation for the injuries suffered due to nursing home neglect and abuse. In situations in which a patient dies due to the negligence of the facility, the family can file a Michigan wrongful death claim for the loss of their loved one.
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Contact Our Ann Arbor Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers
If a loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in an Ann Arbor nursing home, it is important you contact our law firm today at (800) 606-1717. We will listen to your story, get the medical records, and start working on your case immediately.