Nursing Home Abuse in Davie

What You Should Know about Sepsis

Elderly Americans are among those most susceptible to the medical condition sepsis. The illness occurs when a wound, such as a bedsore or laceration, allows bacteria to enter the body. An over-reaction by the immune system releases chemicals into the bloodstream that can impede blood flow and cause clotting. If unresponsive to treatment done aggressively in a hospital intensive care unit, sepsis can cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure and result in organ failure, which leads to death.

About 750,000 people in the U.S. will develop severe sepsis this year. As many as half could die.

Chills, fever, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, disorientation, and confusion are early symptoms signaling sepsis.

If you suspect a loved one may be suffering from sepsis, get medical help immediately.

Source: National Institutes of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Workers from the Panama Canal Zone were among the early-1900s first settlers in the area that eventually became the town of Davie. Largely swampland at that time, the community benefited from the expertise its settlers had developed in the Canal Zone. The Broward County community evolved with a flair for all things western, and was the location of 1960s-era western theme park Pioneer City. Open spaces, parks, and trails, along with a western-themed district, keep that focus alive in Davie. Along with its equestrian appeal, the town is home to colleges and universities, promoting its dedication to higher education.

At Freeman Injury Law, our Davie nursing home neglect and elder abuse attorneys know that education is a key to stopping the cycles of abuse that cause harm to nursing home residents and vulnerable elderly people living in communities across the U.S. Our firm’s nursing home abuse lawyers urge family members and friends of elderly residents to learn the warning signs of neglect and abuse. As the ones who most frequently visit nursing home residents or older relatives, you may be in the best position to recognize problems before they lead to severe consequences.

Our Davie nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys know that most nursing home residents require help with the activities that most of us take for granted, such as getting dressed, moving about, or even eating. When under-staffing, indifferent or untrained care staff, and other factors conspire to keep chronically ill and vulnerable residents from receiving the attention and help they need, their physical and emotional health can suffer rapidly. Falls become more frequent, medication errors may occur, bedsores can develop, infections and sepsis can threaten lives.

When you visit loved ones in nursing facilities, the Davie elder abuse and nursing home neglect lawyers at our firm urge you to watch for such signs of trouble as:

  • Weight loss and problems eating or drinking
  • Soiled clothing or bedclothes
  • Unanswered call lights
  • Insufficient lighting and other environmental hazards
  • Unpleasant odors
  • Obvious signs of depression or withdrawal
  • Bruises and unexplained injuries
  • Abnormal behavior or worsening of physical symptoms

If you call attention to your concerns with nursing home administrators or supervisors and no action is taken, talk with the Davie nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at our firm. We handle cases of elder abuse and neglect, and we know how to investigate your loved one’s care. If we find that negligence or abuse are going on and causing harm, we’ll take action to protect your family member’s rights and to see that problems are addressed. Our attorneys are committed to breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect, and to ensuring that those responsible are held liable for their actions or for their failure to act.

Call our offices today and ask for a free consultation. We’ll explain your rights and your options. You pay our firm nothing unless we recover damages for your loved one.

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