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Contamination in Nursing Homes

Contamination in nursing homes can spread infection and diseases that can affect elderly residents. In fact, this common problem can even cause fatalities. If an outbreak or a series of contaminations have happened to nursing home have injured you or a family member, contact a Hollywood nursing home neglect lawyer immediately to get legal advice.

Types of Contamination in Nursing Homes

Contamination in nursing homes can include:

  • Wound infections. When staff don't clean their hands carefully when treating wounds or when moving between patients with wounds, wound infections can happen. These infections can also happen due to improper wound care and inattention. When left untreated, these types of infections can lead to amputation and even fatalities.

  • Influenza and colds. Flu and cold season is unpleasant for everyone, but for an elderly person in a nursing home it can be deadly. The common cold and the flu can be difficult for elderly person with pre-existing medical conditions to fight off. When staff arrived to work sick and don’t wash their hands carefully before working with patients, they can spread these common illnesses easily. For elderly person with pulmonary disease or other conditions, the simple cold can quickly progress to a lung infection or pneumonia, which can become dangerous or even fatal. If a loved one suffers due to pneumonia contracted in a care environment, contact a nursing home neglect lawyer serving Hollywood or your community.

  • Skin infections. Scabies, fungal foot infections, shingles, and other skin infections can occur or can be made worse due to improper hygiene or care. Left untreated, they can cause significant pain as well as skin damage.

  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). Urinary tract infections can occur due to improper hygiene as well is incorrect use of catheters. Those who are affected by mobility concerns are especially vulnerable to UTIs.

  • Gastrointestinal infections. When food preparation surfaces and kitchens are not cleaned properly, gastrointestinal infections can spread. Gastrointestinal infections can also spread from patient to patient and can spread more easily without proper handwashing techniques. These issues can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and other conditions which can be life-threatening to a vulnerable senior.

Many of these infections are completely preventable, so if a loved one is affected, contact a lawyer to get legal advice.

When to Contact an Attorney

Sometimes, it can be hard to tell when contamination in nursing homes has taken place. You may see the results, such as an infection or an outbreak of disease, but may not be sure whether the condition was caused by negligence. In general, any time you or an elderly family member are seriously injured you will want to contact a lawyer. An attorney who specializes in contamination in nursing homes can help you examine your case from a legal perspective and can tell you whether you have a claim or other legal options.

If you'd like to speak to a nursing home neglect lawyer serving Hollywood and the surrounding area, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation. Contact us online today or call 866-352-9626.

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