Category : Legal Aspects

Filing A Bed Sore Lawsuit Against An Illinois Nursing Home

WHAT CAUSES BEDSORES? Bed sores (also know as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers) are skin and tissue injuries resulting from pressure over extended periods of time.  Areas vulnerable to bed sores are bony parts of the body such as knees, ankles, and heels.  Common causes of this disease are sustained pressure, friction, or shearing (when […]

Are there any federal regulations that apply to the prevention of bed sores?

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA) set forth regulations for nursing homes to comply with in exchange for their receipt of Medicare funding.  The regulations are extensive and cover most aspects of patient care.  These regulations are known as ‘F-Tags’ which collectively form the standard of care for nursing home residents. F-Tag 314 […]

Is it mandatory for nursing homes to use pressure relieving mattresses?

No.  To date, only one state, New Jersey, has enacted any legislation to promote the use of pressure relieving mattresses in nursing homes Unlike normal spring-filled mattresses, pressure relieving mattresses steadily inflate and deflate to reduce the amount of pressure and friction put on bony parts that are prone to skin breakdown and ultimately, the […]