Bed Sores in Greensboro Nursing Homes
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 elder 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.
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