Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, are a common sign that your loved one is not being cared for properly.
Bedsores are formed when a person is left lying in the same position for long periods of time. The pressure on the skin causes damage to it, as well as to the lower layers of tissue, due to a lack of blood flow to the soft tissue. We rely on the care of the nursing home or medical facility to take precautions so that this does not happen.
Signs of Bedsores
In the first stage of a bedsore forming you would notice some redness or discoloration in the skin. If you lightly press on that area, the color would not change or lighten as it does when you press on healthy skin. Because this is the very start to a bedsore, known as stage one, it is important that it gets treated right away.
If the bedsore is left untreated, in stage two you will see the skin is broken and there is a shallow wound. The bedsore will be pink or red in color. You may compare it to a blister that has ruptured as the appearance is very similar.
As bedsores worsen, they become more difficult to treat. Stage three bedsores are deeper and more craterlike than those you would have noticed in earlier stages of the bedsore formation. You would likely see some dead tissue in the bottom of the wound. Stage three bedsores are very serious as the damage can extend beyond the visible wound and into the underlying tissues.
In the most severe cases of bedsores, known as stage four bedsores, the wound is quite deep. It can extend down to the muscle and even the bone. When a bedsore is allowed to progress to this stage the result can be fatal.
What You Should Do
Because bedsores are caused by pressure and can form very quickly, they are far easier to prevent than to treat. If the care being provided by the nursing home or medical facility is quality care, the likelihood of forming a bedsore is much lower.
Bedsores are generally one of the first signs that your loved one is being neglected and not receiving the care that you would expect from healthcare professionals. It is important that you contact an attorney with experience winning cases against nursing homes and medical facilities that neglected a patient to the point of a stage four bedsore being able to form.
Nursing homes have teams of attorneys and insurance adjusters that will do and say anything to “explain away” the formation of the bedsore, in addition to directors that will defend their employees’ actions. You need someone on your side who will fight to hold the facility accountable.
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Medical Malpractice is a very complex area of law. The attorneys at Brown & Brothers have focused their practice on medical malpractice and have decades of experience winning cases similar to yours. Contact us today. We will review your case with absolutely no cost or obligation to you. We are here to help you and your family during this difficult time. Call us for more information about your potential bedsore lawsuit.