Houston Bedsore Attorneys

Protecting the Rights of Bedsore Victims

Bedsores develop when someone who is confined to a bed or wheelchair is not properly moved, repositioned, or turned.  Repositioning or turning patients with limited mobility is part of standard healthcare protocols.  At Brown & Brothers, our Houston bedsore attorneys have seen what happens when caregivers fail to meet the standards of care.  We are passionate about protecting the rights of patients who have been harmed by negligent healthcare providers or caregivers.

Bedsores can be prevented with proper care.

It is the responsibility of caregivers to ensure that patients with limited mobility get the help they need to be safe, healthy, and comfortable.  Pressure or friction on a localized part of the body damages skin over time, and if not properly treated, can develop into an open wound that is painful and susceptible to infection.  Caregivers can minimize the risk of developing bedsores by taking preventative measures and adhering to the standards of care when repositioning or turning patients.  Early detection and treatment can also help prevent bedsores from moving to later stages.

If you or a loved one has developed a bedsore due to a caregiver failing to provide you with the care you deserve, contact our Houston bedsore attorneys to find out how we can help you protect your rights.

Bedsore Prevention Strategies
  • Routine skin inspections
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Treat any skin inflammation or irritation
  • Reposition or turn the patient at regular intervals
  • Use specialized pillows or mattresses
  • Get regular exercise

No one deserves to be in pain at the hands of a caregiver.

Stages of Bed Sores

Using this guide to help you identify the stages of bed sores is your first line of defense.  You need to be very aware of the care you or your loved ones are receiving.  Bed sores that have been left untreated can result in amputations, infections spreading through the heart and lungs, and they can be fatal.

Stages of Bed Sores

Stage 1 – In this stage, skin will look discolored or red.  The skin is not broken, but may be tender.  You will notice that the discoloration does not change or fade once the pressure has been removed.

Stage 2 – Stage 2 bed sores can be identified by a shallow open sore on the top layer of the skin.  While there may be some slight drainage, it is not present in all stage 2 bed sore cases.

Stage 3 – Stage 3 bed sores are identifiable by an open sore that is present at the pressure site.  Stage 3 bed sores are much deeper than stage 2, as they reach the second layer of skin and into the fatty tissues beneath it.

Stage 4 –  Stage 4 bed sores are the most severe and often require surgery.  The breakdown of tissue will extend down to the muscle or even the bone.  There will be a lot of dead tissue and fluid present. At this stage, there may also be a foul odor near the wound.

Bed sores are completely preventable, and healthcare providers have a duty to ensure that they are making every effort to avoid them.  If bed sores do occur, it is imperative that they are identified and treated as soon as possible.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

What does “standard of care” mean?

Simply put, the standard of care is the type of skill and care ordinarily used by a reasonably well-qualified healthcare professional in the same or similar situation. While state law typically determines how negligence is defined, the medical community defines the applicable standard of care. Healthcare professionals are expected to possess and apply their education, training, knowledge, experience, and skill in a manner that would generally be expected by other healthcare professionals in their field and community.

What are some signs of nursing home abuse?

Some signs of nursing home abuse include dehydration and malnutrition; bedsores (also known as decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers); poor hygiene; falls, bruising, or fractures; instances of wandering (also known as “elopement”); rapid weight loss or weight gain; unclean or unsanitary conditions; unexplained injuries; lack of mental awareness or acuity; lethargy, or sudden changes in behavior, to name a few.

Why does nursing home abuse occur?

When we make the decision to place our family members in nursing homes it is not something that we do lightly. In an ideal world, our family members would feel safe, loved, and cared for in a nursing home. Unfortunately, that is not always the reality. Nursing home abuse and elder neglect continue to be a problem in our society, and it is likely due to a facility’s lack of resources and time, insufficient funding, inadequate training, improper screening of prospective employees, and lack of checks and balances to assure the safety of residents.