What Are Bed Sores?
Bed sores are a graphic sign of systematic poor care at medical facilities or long-term care institutions. Also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, the development of bed sores is becoming an epidemic among patients in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities.
Bed sores are usually very painful, and victims with these injuries are unable to walk or move without a walker or wheelchair. Although often prevented and treatable if found early, bed sores can be very difficult to treat once left untreated for extended periods of time in frail elderly patients, wheelchair users (especially where spinal injury is involved) and terminally ill patients.
Aside from pain and suffering bed sores can pose serious health hazards. Sufferers can cause unexpected death if an infection results or if a patient experiences reactions to drugs used to treat them. There are also other more serious complications that can result from bed sores, such as septic shock. Septic shock is deadly and results when open wounds are exposed to bacteria that enters the bloodstream. Your loved ones should not be subjected to the pain and deadly consequences of bed sores due to negligent or improper care. A lawsuit can be filed on behalf of your loved one.
What Causes Bedsores?
People frequently develop bed sores when they do not receive adequate medical attention. This injury results from open wounds and irritated skin patches that are caused by friction, unrelieved pressure or prolonged pressure placed on the skin.
Although a bed sore can develop almost anywhere, the most common areas of the body prone to develop the wounds include the:
- Boney areas such as heels, ankles and hips
In the nursing home context, bed sores commonly arise when:
- Workers fail to turn an elderly person on his/her side or otherwise move the elderly person into a different position causing prolonged pressure and making skin unable to receive nutrients and oxygen.
- Poor nutrition and dehydration can impact skin health and the body's ability to heal making individuals more susceptible to bed sores.
- Workers leave individuals to sit in urine, feces or in wet clothing or bedding for any amount of time can can cause skin deterioration and bed sores to develop.
- Friction created when inexperienced or improperly trained staff workers attempt to move patients from a bed and into a wheelchair
- Workers create wounds caused by dropping a patient or rubbing his or her skin against the side of a bed.
- Workers fail to properly treat high-risk patients with pressure-relieving devices, such as specialized mattresses or cushions.
How Can You Best Prepare Yourself for Justice?
Sinel Law will help determine if you have a valid claim and will walk you through each step of the legal process so you fully understand how to get full recovery from you loved one's injuries. You can also prepare yourself for justice by learning more about the causes and dangers of bed sores:
- Center for Disease Control
- U.S. National Library of Medicine
- National Center for Biotechnology Information
- Mayo Clinic
How Can You Get Help For Your Loved One?
Sinel & Associates, PLLC is honored to represent and protect the most vulnerable portion of the population, the infirmed and elderly. We successfully handle a large volume of cases for bed sore liability against negligent nursing homes. Our medical experts, nurses, and litigation experience allow us to to achieve these superior results for our clients.
Call Sinel Law at 212.465.1000 to receive a free consultation about the claims that you may have against a nursing home facility or other person entrusted with the care of your loved one. No one should have to suffer from bed sores or negligent care.