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Fighting Bedsores: Legal Representation in the Bay Area

Susan Kang Gordon, A Professional Law Corporation has an established track record of success in securing significant verdicts and settlements for victims who have suffered from bed sores across the Bay Area. Our team of experienced pressure ulcer attorneys has fought tirelessly on behalf of clients, obtaining substantial compensation. 

We won a notable $13.5 million verdict in 2021 and achieved one of the most significant verdicts in California that year. If you were impacted by inadequate care in a nursing home, hospital, or assisted living facility, we are committed to vigorously advocating for your rights and ensuring that justice is served.
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Prevalence and Impact of Bedsores in Nursing Homes and Hospitals

Pressure ulcers, commonly known as bed sores, pose a significant risk to nursing home patients, particularly those experiencing constant pressure on specific body parts. Over 10% of nursing home residents suffer from bed sores, with half of these cases being severe (stage III or IV). 

Pressure ulcers are considered to be a “never event” in medical facilities, indicating that their occurrence is usually inexcusable. Despite this, up to 11% of nursing home residents have at least one pressure ulcer, yet only 35% receive adequate care.

Pressure sores are two to six times more likely to result in wrongful death compared to other serious conditions like cardiovascular disease and cancer. In some facilities, the incidence of pressure ulcers can be as high as 91%, with 60% of those with severe ulcers dying within a year of developing the condition.

Bedsores primarily affect patients over 60 with limited mobility, occurring more frequently in nursing homes due to chronic understaffing. The primary cause of these sores is failure to regularly reposition the patient, compounded by issues like dehydration and malnutrition.

Recent shifts in the healthcare sector have led to understaffed and undertrained nursing staff, exacerbating the problem. The cost of treating a single bedsore is $37,800, which underscores the financial and ethical importance of addressing this widespread issue through legal action and improved care standards.

Identifying and Understanding the Stages of Pressure Ulcers

Pressure injuries progress through distinct stages, each indicating increasing severity.

Stages of Pressure Ulcers

Stage 1 - Bed Sore

In the initial stage, the skin remains intact but shows signs of stress, such as changes in color, temperature, and texture. The area may feel different to the touch and display persistent redness in lighter skin or discoloration in darker skin tones, indicating restricted blood flow. This stage often involves discomfort or pain.

Stage 2 - Bed Sore

As it progresses, the pressure wound becomes more apparent as the skin breaks open, forming a shallow ulcer or blister. This stage may exhibit clear fluid or pus, and the surrounding area can feel warm and appear swollen.

Stage 3 - Bed Sore

Stage 3 is more severe, with the ulcer deepening into a crater-like wound that extends through the skin into the underlying fat layer. The damage becomes more visible, and the risk of infection increases. The wound is often accompanied by a noticeable odor and possibly exudate.

Stage 4 - Bed Sore

The most critical stage involves deep tissue damage down to muscle, bone, or tendons. This type of bed sore is visibly serious and prone to severe infection. It requires immediate and intensive medical intervention to prevent further health complications.

Unstageable Pressure Injury

An unstageable pressure injury is characterized by a wound obscured by thick, dead tissue known as eschar, or extensive slough, which prevents professionals from viewing the wound’s base to assess its depth. These injuries suggest severe underlying damage and necessitate prompt and vigorous treatment.

Deep Tissue Pressure Injury (DTPI)

A DTPI appears as a localized discolored area (usually purple or maroon) of intact skin, or it may present as a blood-filled blister. This injury results from damage to the soft tissues beneath the skin due to sustained pressure and/or shear. The affected area may be tender, have a different texture (such as firm, mushy, or boggy), and may feel warmer or cooler compared to surrounding tissues.

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Common Body Areas Vulnerable to Pressure Sores

Pressure ulcers develop when constant pressure restricts blood flow to the skin, leading to tissue damage and skin breakdown. These ulcers typically form on body parts where bone lies close to the skin, making certain areas particularly prone to such injuries. 

Vulnerable regions include:

  • Heels
  • Ankles
  • Behind the knees
  • Back or sides of the head
  • Hips
  • Tailbone
  • Lower back
  • Elbows
  • Buttocks

Medical professionals should monitor patients for signs of pressure ulcers, paying particular attention to body parts with limited padding from fat and muscle.

Risk Factors of Developing Pressure Ulcers

Several medical conditions can further exacerbate the likelihood of developing pressure ulcers.

 These include:

  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Malnutrition
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Dementia
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure

Individuals most at risk include those who are bedridden, have limited mobility, suffer from decreased pain sensation, or spend extended periods in a wheelchair. Conditions like unconsciousness or the necessity to wear a cast for a long duration also heighten the risk.

Complications from Pressure Sores and Bedsores

Pressure sores and bedsores are not only painful but can also lead to severe and potentially fatal complications if not properly managed.

  • Cellulitis: This skin and soft tissue infection can cause warmth, swelling, and redness that may progress to bloodstream infections, chronic swelling, or tissue death.
  • Bone infections: Deep pressure ulcers can reach the bone, causing infections that may impair limb function or necessitate amputation.
  • Cancer: Non-healing bedsores can transform into Marjolin’s ulcers, which have a risk of developing into squamous cell carcinoma.
  • Osteomyelitis: This bone infection, often exacerbated by exposure to feces and urine, can complicate the healing of bedsores, potentially leading to sepsis and death.
  • Septic arthritis: Infection from bedsores can spread to joints, causing severe pain, redness, and swelling, which may result in permanent joint damage and reduced mobility.
  • Bacteremia: Bedsores can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream, causing fever, chills, and shaking; this can escalate to septic shock, organ failure, and death.
  • Necrotizing fasciitis: Known as flesh-eating bacteria, this aggressive infection causes rapid tissue death and has a high mortality rate.

These severe consequences can result in lasting physical complications and severe medical trauma. Those responsible for neglecting you or your loved one should be held accountable.

Strategies for Preventing Bedsores in Assisted Living Facilities

To prevent bedsores in residents, assisted living facilities must implement effective preventive practices, including:

  • Frequent repositioning: Residents who cannot move independently should be assisted to change positions every two hours to reduce pressure on vulnerable areas.
  • Routine skin monitoring: Daily checks are crucial for early detection of potential bedsores.
  • Nutritional support measures: Ensuring that residents receive a diet rich in essential nutrients and maintain adequate hydration is vital for skin health and resilience.
  • Use of equipment: Utilizing pressure-relieving devices like specialized mattresses and cushions helps distribute body weight.

Ongoing training on bedsore prevention and management is essential for staff to understand how to identify early signs of bedsores and take appropriate action.

Legal Options for Bedsores in a Healthcare Facility

Bedsores, or pressure ulcers, can range from mild to severe, with each stage presenting different legal considerations. A stage 1 bedsore, while concerning, may not justify legal action due to its superficial nature. However, as these sores progress to stage 2 or beyond, they become open wounds susceptible to infections and other severe complications.

Bedsores are often a sign of negligence, indicating a failure on the part of a nursing home to provide adequate care to its residents. If a nursing home’s standard of care falls below what a reasonable facility would provide, resulting in the development or worsening of bedsores, it may be held legally responsible.

If you discover that an elderly family member has developed a bedsore while under the care of a nursing home, it's important to first ensure that they are moved to a safe environment where the sore can be properly treated. This might include consulting a different doctor or transferring them to another facility.

Once their immediate health concerns are addressed, consulting with an attorney who works on bedsore malpractice cases is crucial.

Compensation for Bedsore Negligence

Families affected by bedsore negligence may be eligible for damages that cover emotional distress, medical expenses, and reduced quality of life. Prompt legal action helps hold responsible facilities accountable and can prevent future instances of neglect. 

If you suspect malpractice has contributed to a bedsore, obtaining legal assistance is critical to safeguard your loved one’s rights and well-being.

Steps to Take When Filing a Lawsuit for Hospital Bedsores

Pursuing a lawsuit for bedsores experienced in a hospital or as a result of assisted living abuse can be overwhelming. 

Here is a clear guide to assist you with the process:

  • Consult a bedsore attorney: Schedule a consultation with an experienced lawyer to discuss your case, gather legal advice, and understand what to expect moving forward.
  • Authorize record release: Sign necessary authorizations to allow your lawyer to access your medical records, which serve as evidence of neglect and confirm the injury.
  • Identify witnesses: Provide your legal team with the names and contact information of any witnesses who can support your case.
  • Compile financial evidence: Collect all relevant financial documents, such as medical bills and receipts, that quantify your financial losses.
  • Prepare your case: Your legal team will handle the investigation, gather evidence, file necessary paperwork, and prepare for trial by selecting expert witnesses.
  • Evaluate settlement offers: If a settlement offer is made, your attorney will help you assess its fairness and decide whether to accept, negotiate further, or proceed to trial.

Should your case go to court, your legal team will present your case, argue on your behalf, and await the jury’s verdict.

Why Choose Susan Kang Gordon, A Professional Law Corporation?

When it comes to seeking justice for victims of nursing home abuse and neglect, Susan Kang Gordon, A Professional Law Corporation stands out as a formidable advocate. Our attorney has been honored as the Trial Lawyer of the Year by both the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association in 2022 and the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association in 2021.

The team at Susan Kang Gordon, A Professional Law Corporation frequently works on elder abuse cases. Our laser-sharp focus has allowed us to develop an unparalleled depth of knowledge and skill in this complex field of law. 

We understand that issues like corporate greed and understaffing often lie at the root of nursing home abuses, and we will follow every legal avenue to hold the responsible parties fully accountable.

When you choose Susan Kang Gordon, A Professional Law Corporation, you're not just getting a lawyer; you're getting a passionate, tireless advocate who will fight for justice. Our unwavering dedication to our clients is unmatched, and we'll stand by your side every step of the way to help you pursue the maximum compensation you deserve.

Our Recent Cases

$13.5 Million Verdict

10 elderly residents sued a nursing home for the neglect and abuse suffered at the hands of the operators. They alleged the failure to provide proper care for fall prevention, wounds, nutrition and hydration and medication management.

$6 Million Fee Award

For the cases which go to trial, we will always seek attorney’s fees directly from the defendant so that you do not have to pay us any fees from your award. In other words, we ask the Court to order the defendants to pay us our hourly fees. Fee awards are not granted for cases that result in a private settlement.


Confidential Settlement - resident is found dead in a bathtub. - $1,675,000.


Confidential Settlement - fall in residential care facility. - $1,500,000.


Confidential Settlement - fall in residential care facility - $975,000.


Confidential Settlement - A physical therapist's failure to transfer body properly results in hairline fracture to the leg - $800,000.



Susan did an amazing job representing our family in a complex and emotionally challenging legal matter. Susan was in it for the long haul, becoming both a trusted advisor and a voice of compassion throughout the process. Susan and her team always brought professionalism, empathy, dedication and skill to our case. She achieved a very positive outcome for us, and we couldn't have been happier with her representation. I would absolutely recommend her and SKG Law.

Tom Smith, Lafayette

Susan was great. She really cares and it shows. We won our case. We really appreciate Susan standing up for the little people.

Brent Baisch, Brentwood
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