Bedsores And The Possibility Of Serious Infections

While bedsores (also typically referred to as pressure ulcers, pressure sores, and pressure injuries) can develop in many different situations, they are most likely to develop under certain conditions.  As well, individuals with certain characteristics and health conditions are particularly susceptible.

As often discussed on this site, bedsores are often a sign of health care neglect.  If prompt and proper medical attention is not provided to those that have developed pressure injuries, the affliction can lead to a variety of adverse health consequences, and in some cases death.

One of the most serious adverse developments that can happen to those with pressure sores is infections.  Sepsis (which is further discussed on the “Sepsis” page) can develop and be life-threatening in nature.

Cleanliness is an important aspect of proper health care, and of great importance in the prevention of pressure sore complications.  As seen in many examples of elder abuse and severe pressure sore infections, unsanitary and otherwise unhygienic conditions often contribute to and/or accompany severe pressure sore infections.

One example of unsanitary conditions and severely infected bedsores that developed on an elderly woman can be seen in the December 4, 2014 The Advocate article titled “Daughter, granddaughter indicted in 82-year-old Baton Rouge woman’s death.”  An excerpt:

Bessie Looney was severely malnourished and had severely infected bedsores on her hips and buttocks area, the affidavit states, and her wheelchair was lined with a disposable pad that was soiled with human waste.

Clark has said Bessie Looney’s bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, “had the appearance of obvious infection.”

Additional details can be seen in The Advocate article mentioned above as well as the March 8, 2017 U.S. News & World Report article titled “Daughter Faces Trial in Death of Bedsore-Ridden Mother, 82.”


Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Joseph Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Joseph Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

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During this 25+ year period, Elman Joseph Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

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Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.