Bed Sores Caused by Neglect
Greensboro Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
One of the most common signs of
nursing home abuse is bed sores, or pressure sores. Bed sores develop when a resident is
mostly sedentary, either spending a lot of time in bed or confined to
a wheelchair, and there is unrelieved pressure to the skin. The Nursing
home staff should do everything possible to avoid the risk of bed sores
by regularly moving residents and inspecting their skin. If you suspect
that your loved one's nursing home did not take the proper steps necessary
to avoid the development of bed sores, speak to our Greensboro nursing
home abuse lawyers. Protect your loved one's health and well-being
by filing a nursing home abuse claim.
Bed Sore Stages—There are several stages in the development of bed sores. At first,
the patient's skin has not yet torn open, but there is pain and reddening
of the skin. Once the sore worsens, the skin breaks open and an ulcer
develops, which can create a shallow crater. Skin can become permanently
damaged as the sore envelops deeper layers of skin. The bed sore will
continue to expand until it reaches the tissue beneath the skin, and if
left untreated, it can reach muscles, tendons, joints and bones.
Bed Sore Dangers—Once bed sores reach muscles and bones, serious complications may
arise such as sepsis (blood infection) and osteomyelitis (bone infection).
Risk Factors—While remaining sedentary for extensive periods of time can cause
bed sores in nursing home residents, those who are over the age of 75
are at a greater risk. Other risk factors include friction, incontinence,
malnutrition and dehydration.
Contact Roane Law & Fight for Your Loved One
We understand how difficult it is when nursing home abuse impacts individuals
close to us. Perhaps your loved one can no longer communicate or doesn't
complain about the abuse he or she is experiencing. Whatever the case,
you should take immediate action as soon as you notice
signs of abuse by filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit with the help of Roane Law. If
at all possible, you can strengthen your claim by photographing and dating lesions.
You can bring this information along with any other supporting documentation
when you speak to our experienced personal injury lawyers during a
free consultation. We can review your case and provide you with the best legal course of
action for your nursing home abuse case. We have a satellite office in
Burlington. We can come to you, no matter where you are.
You and your loved one are important to us.
Contact Roane Law today.