Bedsores, also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, are injuries that involve damage to the skin and underlying tissue due to prolonged pressure. They are most common on the hips, tailbone, ankles, heels, and backs of the arms and legs; however, many nursing home residents who are confined to beds and wheelchairs also suffer pressure sores on their shoulder blades, the back or sides of their head, their ears, and the backs of their knees.
Bedsores can develop quickly and treatment is often difficult – especially among elderly patients. Unfortunately, nursing home residents with limited mobility are uniquely at risk for suffering these injuries.
Nursing home residents and their family members should be aware of the risk of bedsores, and know the signs of a possible injury. While you may not be able to prevent bedsores, knowing when to seek help can be critical to protecting your health and quickly obtaining financial help for your medical expenses and other losses. Some of the early signs and symptoms of pressure sores include:
Untreated pressure ulcers can become serious injuries, often causing extremely painful and irreversible damage. Advanced bedsores often result in:
Exposure of fat, muscle, bone, or tendons underneath the skin
Crater-like wounds with yellowish, brown, or black dead tissue
Damage extending below the healthy skin around the site of the bedsore
If you or your loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms,
you should seek medical attention right away.
When nursing home residents suffer bedsores, it is often as a result of negligent or abusive treatment on the part of staff members or nursing home administrators. From overlooking symptoms to abandoning patients entirely, all levels of negligence and abuse can lead to bedsores.
In some cases, incompetent or untrained nursing home employees may even restrain patients in order to avoid their responsibilities. These and other all-too-common errors can be devastating for elderly patients’ health, happiness, and wellbeing.
Sadly, medical conditions resulting from other forms of inadequate nursing home care also place residents at
greater risk for developing bedsores. For example, elderly individuals with the following conditions may be particularly
susceptible to suffering sores without proper care:
Weight loss due to malnutrition
Immobility or lost sensory perception due to falls, fractures, and spine injuries
Excess moisture or dryness and limited blood flow resulting from wrongful or inappropriate care
However, just because you or your loved one is at heightened risk does not mean that it is acceptable to experience bedsores. Even among high-risk patients, pressure sores can – and should – be avoided with proper care. In addition, as noted previously, it may be that your heightened risk factors are the result of other negligent or abusive treatment.
Any time you or a loved one experiences bedsores in a nursing home, you should seek prompt medical treatment
and report the incident to Malman Law as soon as possible. Not only can we help you pursue compensation,
but we can also help you transition to a professional, caring, and trusted nursing home.
Bedsores are also known as pressure ulcers or pressure sores. They happen when an area of the body is exposed to constant pressure over an extended period of time. They commonly occur on the hips, tailbone, ankles, the buttocks, and the heels of the feet. They can occur on any part of the body that is exposed to constant pressure. People who are confined to wheelchairs or to bed are at risk of developing bedsores.
However, bedsores are preventable. If your loved one is in a nursing home, hospital, rehab center, or assisted living facility, they could be at a higher risk for bedsores if they are not moved as often as they should be. Bedsores can develop quickly. For people who have diabetes, they can be extremely dangerous because of poor wound healing.
If you believe that your loved one developed a bedsore because of neglect or abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility, call Malman Law right away. We provide free case evaluations and we have a Registered Nurse on staff with more than 30 years of experience. Bedsores are painful, and they can also be prevented. Call Malman Law to schedule your free initial consultation.
Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers or pressure sores, can be extremely painful for your loved one. When they aren’t properly treated, your loved one may experience complications and the wounds may not heal. That’s why it is important that you are able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a bedsore that may be developing. The signs include:
If you noticed bedsores on your loved one who lives in a nursing or assisted living facility in Chicago, call Malman Law to schedule a free consultation. During the last 25 years, we’ve helped people who were victims of nursing home and assisted living facility abuse and neglect. Don’t wait. These sores can quickly get worse and cause more problems for your loved one. Call us now.
Bedsores are completely preventable. Yet, once they happen, they can be hard to treat. Your loved one can experience more than just pain and discomfort. Advanced bedsores can also cause:
Bedsores are hard to treat and are cause for concern – even more so if your loved one has diabetes or another condition that causes poor wound healing. If you believe that your loved one has untreated bedsores as a result of nursing home or assisted living facility abuse or neglect, contact Malman Law now. We want to help you hold the nursing home or assisted living facility accountable, and help your loved one get the compensation that they deserve.
The experienced and compassionate attorneys at Malman Law are here to help you vigorously pursue compensation for nursing home bedsores. We want to help you, and we will do whatever it takes to hold negligent and abusive nursing homes accountable and protect our clients’ legal rights.
To speak with someone about your situation, call our Chicago offices at (888) 562-0928 or contact us online today.
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