Pressure Ulcers And Bed Sores Injury Lawyers
When pressure from a bed or wheelchair impairs circulation, tissues beneath the skin’s surface die from lack of oxygen, forming a pressure ulcer or bedsore. Commonly found on an individual’s shoulders, neck, back of the head, sacrum, buttocks, hips, ankles, heels and toes, pressure ulcers and bedsore injuries are particularly painful. They can lead to serious complications or death. In nursing home communities, these types of injuries are prevalent, as patients cannot reposition themselves regularly. Ultimately, nursing homes can be found guilty of neglect and abuse if pressure ulcers and bedsores develop due to the following behaviors:
- Nurses and staff allow a resident to remain in the same position for an extended amount of time
- Nurses and staff allow a resident to become malnourished
- Nurses and staff fail to change soiled sheets or diapers, resulting in the breakdown of skin tissues (due to excess moisture)
- Nurses and staff fail to assess a resident for bedsores or ulcers
- Nurses and staff fail to notify family members or a physician if bedsores are noticed
Perhaps you’ve noticed redness, thinning of skin, blisters or a deep crater scab on a family member or loved one living in a nursing home. It’s important to pay attention to such symptoms, as they can signal the development of a bedsore. Additionally, if your loved one appears to be losing weight or if they develop an infection, remain vigilant about the standard of care they’re receiving, as it could be a sign of negligence.
At Wern Lawyers in North Charleston, we are well aware of the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect, and we understand that pressure ulcers or bedsores are one of those signs. If you suspect that your loved one has become a victim of this type of negligence, contact the bedsores injury attorneys at Wern Lawyers today. As always, our evaluation is free of charge.
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While nurses and medical aides working in nursing homes are held to the highest standard of care for patients, they continue to fall short for a number of reasons. In the case of bedsores, not every type of sore is intentional. However, every type of pressure sore can be prevented. This is why family members are shocked and horrified when they discover the presence of these sores on a loved one’s body.
As pressure ulcers and bedsore attorneys in North Charleston, Wern Lawyers holds considerable experience with South Carolina cases involving nursing homes and hospital facilities. We are prepared to hold negligent caregivers accountable for any harm that your loved one has sustained. Not sure if your situation applies? Give us a call and we’ll happily investigate what happened, evaluate your claim and work to make things right again.
For a free case review, contact Wern Lawyers today.