Nursing Home Bedsores and Pressure Ulcers
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, happen to more than 25% of all nursing home residents – and they are nearly always preventable with the right care. Nursing home staff members are responsible for the wellbeing of their residents, and that includes regular monitoring for bedsores. When left untreated, these sores can lead to sepsis, which is one of the primary causes of death in nursing homes.
If your elderly loved one has developed painful bedsores, you may have grounds to hold the nursing home accountable for their related injuries, as well as pain and suffering. Our Orange County bedsore attorneys at The Law Office of Marshall Silberberg can assist you with filing a claim and advocating for your loved one in court, should the case move to trial.
Primary Causes of Bedsores
Bedsores are technically a form of skin ulcer, and they are caused whenever prolonged pressure prevents the skin from getting enough blood. While bedsores can occur on any bedridden patient, they are most frequently seen on elderly nursing home residents who are unable to move, as skin becomes even more fragile with age.
The best way to prevent bedsores from turning into a life-threatening sepsis injury is by ensuring that residents avoid sedentary positions for long periods of time, and keeping their clothes clean and dry. Failing to prevent bedsores may be evidence that nursing home staff members are not performing their daily duties, and thus may have committed negligence.
There are four main stages of bedsores you should look for when visiting your elderly loved one:
- Stage One: When bedsores begin to develop, they are not yet open wounds, but the individual may notice pain, swelling, and discoloration around the affected area.
- Stage Two: As bedsores become more advanced, the sore becomes an open wound, and starts to resemble a deep crater or blister.
- Stage Three: Perhaps the most painful stage, the bedsore begins to affect the soft tissues and muscles beneath the skin, and the area is very discolored and deep.
- Stage Four: This is the most serious form of bedsore, and can cause irreversible damage to muscles and bones.
Fighting on Behalf of Injured Nursing Home Residents
All senior citizens have the right to dignity, comfort, and proper medical care. No matter what type of bedsore your elderly loved one has sustained, these injuries demonstrate an appalling lack of medical attention and routine hygiene maintenance.
At The Law Office of Marshall Silberberg, we’re committed to righting these wrongs and holding negligent care professionals to their word. With more than $500 million won in successful outcomes on various personal injury cases, our compassionate nursing home abuse attorneys will strive to win maximum compensation and help your loved one recover.
Has your elderly loved one been affected by bedsore injuries? Contact us today at (949) 565-4281 for assistance with a nursing home abuse claim.