Nursing Home Abuse and Bedsore Injuries
Bedsores are also known as pressure ulcers. They are wounds on the skin that, if left untreated, can extend into the tissue that lies beneath the skin, and even into the bone. They can appear in those who are restricted to their bed or a wheelchair, but are generally a preventable and treatable condition when appropriate care is provided. Unfortunately, many people who are residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities end up suffering from bedsores as a result of negligence or nursing home abuse. Bedsore injuries can lead to serious illness, and in the most severe cases can even result in death. If you have a loved one who is in the care of a nursing home and you suspect that they are being treated negligently or abusively, then contact the compassionate law firm of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. We will take swift and immediate action to help you get your loved one in a safe place and to help you get them the compensation that they need for the harm that they have suffered.
Bedsores can appear on tailbones, shoulder blades and the backs of the arms or legs of people who are restricted to a wheelchair. For those who are restricted to a bed, the sores generally appear on the shoulders or shoulder blades, the hip, lower back or tailbone, the heels and ankles, and the back or sides of the head and the rim of the ear. Bedsores are prevented by making sure that the patient changes position on a regular basis, and this is part of the normal care that is supposed to be provided by the staff of a nursing home. Patients who are confined to either a wheelchair or a bed are also supposed to be checked on a regular basis so that if any pressure ulcers begin to develop they can be immediately treated to prevent them from progressing.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in ten people who live in a nursing home will be diagnosed with bedsores, and in many cases, these are a direct result of lack of attention and improper medical care. Even a patient who comes into the nursing home with already-existing bedsores should be able to have them treated so that they do not get worse. There are four stages of bedsores that start with the skin still intact and worsen through to the point where bones, muscles, and tendons are exposed and tissue dies. When bedsores are able to progress to this point, the patient is at serious risk.
If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of negligence or nursing home abuse and bedsore injuries are part of your concerns, then you need to act quickly. Contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today to learn more about how we can help.