Bedsores, also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, are a major health concern in care facilities. They carry serious risk and health concerns and are a sign of nursing home abuse and neglect. At Adams Law Firm, P.C. our Bronx County nursing home lawyers have successfully resolved numerous cases for clients with bedsores caused by negligence.
Also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, they generally occur to people who are not ambulatory. There are four stages to bedsores:
Bedsores are formed due to continuous pressure. The pressure restricts, or cuts off circulation, to the area of the body with the pressure. This causes the underlying tissue to breakdown. Areas most susceptible to bedsores are those in which bones have little protection from fat and muscle. Frequently, the hipbones, tailbones, shoulder blades and heels are affected.
Confinement to a bed or wheelchair for an extended period of time puts a person at high risk. Proper care, attention and concern are paramount. If not properly treated, bedsores will get worse. People who are incontinent are at even greater risk, as skin breaks down more easily when it is constantly moist. Diabetes, circulation problems, dehydration and malnutrition are all risk factors associated with pressure ulcers.
Bedsores are easily preventable. Caretakers should turn or reposition patients every two to three hours. Proper staffing and following procedure are required. This is perhaps the most recurring cause of pressure sores. If not treated they will spread quickly; they will become infected with serious consequences.
When you or a loved one has developed a bedsore in a nursing home, hospital or assisted living facility, you should contact an experienced attorney immediately. The sooner you act the better prepared your attorney will be. Evidence needs to be secured.
Employees and medical professionals have strict guidelines to which they must adhere. They failed in their responsibility. Your attorney needs to hold them financially accountable for neglect.
Do you need an attorney for a personal injury case in Rockland? If someone you love developed a bedsore while in a nursing home or died of complications from a pressure ulcer in Bronx County, Rockland County, Orange County or Westchester County, we can help.
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