Bed Sores and Pressure Sores
Bed Sores Are Often a Sign of Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
Personal immobility is among the most-common factors leading to the decision to relocate senior citizens into nursing homes. When aging individuals are no longer able to get around on their own, the constant access to care and scheduled appointments with on-site nurses and staff members that are available in nursing homes can become a necessity.
One risk associated with immobility in old age is the risk for bed sores. These injuries – also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers and decubitus ulcers – result from prolonged pressure on parts of the body. However, with proper care, bed sores are easily avoided. In a nursing home, they simply should not happen.
If you or a loved one has developed a bed sore while living in a Florida nursing home, we strongly encourage you to speak with an attorney. Not only are bed sores painful and potentially dangerous, but they are also frequently indicative of a broader pattern of neglect or abuse. At Searcy Denney, we help nursing home residents and their families get help for bed sores and other injuries, and we fight to make sure they receive the financial compensation they deserve.
Symptoms of Bed Sores in Nursing Homes
Bed sores typically occur in areas of the body that are pressure points when a person is either sitting or lying down. This includes the tailbone, hips, heels, shoulder blades, backs and sides of the knees, and the back of the head. The symptoms of bed sores are progressive, getting worse as injuries progress from Stage 1 to Stage 4:
- Stage 1 bed sores – Skin that is red, blue or purple and warm to the touch. Pain, burning and itching sensations are also common.
- Stage 2 bed sores – Skin damage and discoloration that are more visible and may include open sores or blisters. Sensory symptoms are typically more severe.
- Stage 3 bed sores – A deep and crater-like would which exposes damage beneath the surface of the skin.
- Stage 4 bed sores – Severe pain and damage at and below the skin. Muscles, tendons and bones may be exposed at the site of the injury.
Seeking Help for Bed Sores and Pressure Sores
Bed sores are serious medical conditions that require diagnosis and treatment by a physician. If a nursing home tells you otherwise, it may be attempting to avoid scrutiny for your loved one’s injury. You should not let anyone tell you that you cannot seek help, and you should not have any reservations about learning more about your legal rights. If you would like more information about how we help victims of nursing home neglect and abuse, please schedule a free consultation today.
Speak with a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Confidence
To schedule a free consultation with a nursing home neglect and abuse lawyer at Searcy Denney, please call (800) 780-8607 or request an appointment online. It costs you nothing to learn more about your rights, and we do not charge any legal fees unless we secure a financial recovery.