Have you or your loved one developed bedsores or pressure sores while in a nursing home or other health care facility? If so, you may be able to pursue legal action against the nursing home owners with regard to the bedsores and their complications.
Bedsores (also called pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) develop when pressure cuts off circulation to parts of the patient’s body. These pressure ulcers can appear in a variety of areas, but the most common sites are over “bony” areas, such as over the buttocks, coccyx (tailbone), and hips. However, they often can form at other sites on the body such as the knees and ankles.
These pressure sores commonly develop in persons who are not moving about or are confined to beds or wheelchairs. These people are often unable to move various body parts without getting assistance.
Those with certain characteristics are more likely to be susceptible to bedsores. Among these various characteristics are malnutrition, skin wetness (caused by sweating or incontinence), diseases that reduce blood flow to the skin, a history of smoking, and low body mass index.
There are various stages of pressure ulcers. Classification by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is based upon the degree of soft tissue damage, ranging from the least severe (stage 1) to the most severe (stage 4). Picture of various stages of bedsores can be seen at the NPUAP site.
Bedsores are often caused by poor operating procedures, neglect, or carelessness in the care of nursing home residents and care patients.
Nursing home and other care facilities are supposed to prevent the occurrence of pressure sores. If they do develop, nursing homes are supposed to effectively treat them. However, for a variety of reasons, a nursing home can fall short of fulfilling their duties and responsibilites. Unfortunately, their patients often pay for such failures in care, carelessness, or negligence.
If you or someone you care for is a victim of bedsores, call the Elman Joseph Law Group at 773-392-8182 to immediately discuss the situation with a distinguished trial lawyer. This consultation is provided free of charge.