Bed Sores & Neglect in Nursing Homes
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Bedsores, also called pressure sores or ulcers, are a potential sign of serious neglect. These skin lesions are caused by consistent pressure on the skin. Gradually, this pressure decreases blood flow to the skin and allows it to die. Although bedsores can happen anywhere on the body, common pressure ulcer sites are:
Pressure Ulcers Are Preventable
Bedsores are common, but this doesn’t make them inevitable. In fact, bedsores are completely preventable, and many risk factors are closely related to abuse and neglect in nursing homes. These include:
- Immobility, which leads to serious pressure ulcers when care home staff ignore or neglect residents
- Dehydration caused by negligence in nursing homes and can aggravate pressure sores
- Malnutrition, which is caused by blatant neglect and maltreatment in nursing homes
Nursing home personnel can prevent pressure ulcers by ensuring that residents get the attention and care they need. This includes repositioning mobility-challenged residents, proper hydration, proper nutrition, use of alternative devices and equipment and regular bathing.
Types of Bedsores
Bedsores are categorized by severity from Stage 1 to Stage 4. Stage 1 pressure ulcers are mild compared to advanced bedsores. However, these sores are very painful. In most cases, Stage 1 bedsores do not cause infections and do not involve actual skin lesions. Stage 2 bedsores resemble blisters, are painful, and can develop infections. These sores are identifiable by blisters covering deeper wounds.
Advanced bedsores, Stages 3 and 4, spread through the skin and into the underlying muscle and bone. These pressure ulcers create severe wounds, chronic infection, and permanent damage to surrounding tissue and bone. Without proper care, Stage 3 and 4 bedsores can lead to infection of the blood and bone. These sores are often categorized as DTIs (deep tissue injuries).
Take Action Now – Call Baron & Budd for a Consultation
At Baron & Budd, we know that victims of nursing home neglect cannot always speak out for themselves. With our help, you can file suit against the abusive facility that caused your loved one’s injury. We have helped clients for 35 years; now it’s time for our team to fight for you.
If someone you loved developed bedsores while under the care of a nursing home facility, speak with a nursing home abuse lawyer from Baron & Budd for immediate legal guidance. We’ve helped countless families fight for the justice their loved ones deserve and we are ready to put this knowledge and experience to work for you.
To start your case today, call our office for a free consultation and discuss it with a lawyer.