San Antonio Pressure Ulcer Attorney
Does Your Loved One Have Pressure Ulcers?
At Brown, Christie & Green, our San Antonio pressure ulcer attorney understands that you have a lot of questions if someone you love has developed a pressure ulcer. If your loved one is a patient in a hospital, nursing home, or long-term care facility and has developed a pressure ulcer, one of the most important questions to ask is:
Did your loved one have pressure ulcers when they entered the facility as a patient?
If the answer is no, you may have a legal claim of healthcare negligence or nursing home abuse or neglect against the facility treating your family member. The truth is that pressure ulcers are completely preventable. With adequate care and attention from caregivers, pressure ulcers simply should not occur.
When pressure ulcers are allowed to progress to the stage of an open wound, there would have been warning signs. Unfortunately, caregivers may have:
- Failed to notice the signs and symptoms
- Ignored and failed to treat a pressure ulcer
- Treated a pressure ulcer inappropriately
In any case, the formation of open bedsores is a failure on the part of caregivers to provide for your loved one’s basic needs.
Limited Mobility is No Excuse for Pressure Ulcers
Preventative care for pressure ulcers is a basic need for patients with limited or no mobility. Turning and repositioning them to prevent the formation of pressure ulcers is as important as making sure they have a clean environment, or enough food to eat, or plenty of water to drink. If your loved one has pressure ulcers, call a San Antonio pressure ulcer attorney to discuss how and why the ulcers formed.
Pressure ulcers are the result of s patients skin being allowed to rest against the same surface for so long that blood flow to the affected area is interrupted. As a result, the skin starts to die, and underlying tissue is compromised. Long before an open wound forms, the skin will be irritated, painful, and may form a blister or crater.
Responsible caregivers will see the tell-tale signs and act immediately to prevent the progression of a pressure ulcer from one stage to the next.
What to Do When Pressure Ulcers Advance
If pressure ulcers are allowed to progress beyond a mild inflammation, you should contact a San Antonio pressure ulcer attorney to review your loved one’s treatment history. An attorney can evaluate whether your loved one has experienced abuse or neglect at the hands of caregivers.
If your loved one needs ongoing treatment or surgery for a pressure ulcer, or has developed complications like infection or sepsis, as a result of healthcare negligence, your family should not have to shoulder that cost. Contact a San Antonio pressure ulcer attorney at Brown, Christie & Green to find out how you can get compensation for the injuries and expenses your family has suffered.
Monetary compensation will never erase your loved one’s suffering, but it can help shift the financial burden to those responsible for your loved one’s pain. Call our office or complete our online form for a free consultation of your claim.
- Buttocks or tailbone
- Spinal column
- Shoulder blade
- Back of the head
Most pressure ulcers are treatable with timely diagnosis and intervention. However, serious wounds may take extended time to heal, or may not heal at all.
The Three Primary Causes of Pressure Ulcers
Pressure ulcers are caused by interruption of blood flow to certain parts of the body – most commonly bony prominences like heels, elbows, or the tailbone. But what causes interruption of healthy blood flow? The three primary causes are:
- Pressure – When constant pressure is placed on any part of the body, it restricts blood flow to that area. Blood carries oxygen and vital nutrients that tissue, muscle, and skin need to be healthy. Restricted blood flow causes damage to tissue and eventually death if blood flow is not restored.
- Friction – Friction happens when someone’s skin rubs against a surface repeatedly. This commonly occurs in patients with limited mobility, as their skin is constantly rubbing on the same surfaces of a bed, chair, or clothing.
- Shear – Shear happens when two surfaces begin to move in the opposite direction. A good example is a hospital bed. When the head of the bed is raised, the patient may find themselves slipping down on the bed. This causes shear between the surface of the bed and the body of the patient. The body may move, but the skin may not, which can cause a pulling effect, or shear.
No matter what the cause may be, a pressure ulcer is a serious medical condition that requires timely diagnosis and treatment.
If you or someone you love has developed a pressure ulcer, and you are concerned about medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, or other healthcare negligence, contact the San Antonio pressure ulcer attorney at Brown, Christie & Green to learn more.