My mother got gangrene from a pressure sore in a nursing home. Does she have any legal options?

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I’m sorry to hear about your mother’s medical issues. Gangrene is a complication that can happen because of death of bodily tissue in and around a pressure sore (also called a bed sore). If a pressure sore is serious enough, blood flow may be reduced in and around the wound, which increases the ability of bacteria to grow. This can ultimately result in gangrene.

Gangrene normally develops as a result of a lack of health care when a bedsore becomes infected. As the tissue deteriorates, it can change colors and can develop an odor. There may be no antibiotic that can stop the condition from progressing, which can result in painful surgeries or even amputation. Gangrene can also result in death.

Gangrene often occurs in people with blood circulation problems, which may be caused by diabetes, vascular disease, or other medical issues. Nursing home residents are some of the most susceptible to developing gangrene. Nursing home residents can easily develop pressure sores that, if left untreated, can turn gangrenous. However, if a nursing home resident has an adequate treatment plan, many pressure sores can be avoided.

If your parent developed gangrene in a nursing home, it’s likely the result of poor medical care. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Our team can help. Call us today to learn more about your legal options.

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