Alabama Lawyers Serving Victims of Bed Sores, Pressure Sores & Decubitus Ulcers
To prevent the development of a bedsore, bedridden and wheelchair-bound patients need to be moved every two hours while kept clean and dry. If not, prolonged pressure to area will create noticeable fluid-filled blisters and red spots in the first stages of a developing pressure sore. When left untreated, the skin can develop an infected open wound leading to serious life-threatening consequences.
If you or a loved one developed a pressure sore in an Alabama nursing home or hospital we invite you to contact the Alabama bed sore attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers for a free case review. Our attorneys have an unparalleled track record when it comes to prosecuting bed sore lawsuits. Contact our firm for a free review of your case today.
A bedsore, also referred to as pressure sore, pressure ulcer or decubitus ulcer, can quickly develop on the skin when an individual remains in the same position for too long. This is because prolonged pressure to the area, especially on bony prominences like the ankles, hipbones, shoulder blades, and buttocks, can cause the skin to become red and tender from inflammation.
Nursing home patients are most at risk for developing bedsores if the staff is negligent in providing the basic standard of care. It is the responsibility of the medical staff to ensure that the patient does not remain in bed or in a seated position for extended time without repeated repositioning or turning to relieve the pressure.
This is because pressure to an area on the body restricts blood flow circulation, which stops necessary oxygen and nourishment from reaching skin tissue. Without relieving the pressure, the sore can begin to develop in as little as two hours.
In some scenarios, nursing home patients have existing medical conditions and circulation problems making the development of bedsore inevitable. Even so, quality medical care by a knowledgeable staff providing adequate attention and appropriate treatment can prevent a developing sore (Stage I) from advancing to a serious condition.
Severe advanced cases of bedsore developments are usually the result of inattention and negligence, when nursing staff does not assist the patient lying in moisture from their own sweat, urine or feces. A Stage I or Stage II can quickly advance to Stage III or Stage IV where the wound becomes open exposing muscle and bone, making the sore susceptible to infection.
Holding Nursing Facilities Accountable
When a family places a loved one in a nursing home, they expect the facility to provide quality care around-the-clock to ensure the patient’s health and well-being. In many incidences, the family is assured that loving and dedicated caregivers will continuously provide all necessities. Even with that assurance, bedsore developments in nursing facilities are an all too common occurrence.
Unfortunately, in some facilities, nursing home administrators put profits ahead of providing quality care by providing only minimal staff. Because of the increasing demand for nursing home beds, many facilities are overcrowded and understaffed. The lack of quality caregivers often leads to neglect, by overworked nurses and nursing aides.
Steps to Avoid Developing Bedsores
When a bedsore is allowed to develop and become infected, it can often create permanent damage to the area and life-threatening infection. With proper care, serious bedsores can be avoided if the admitting and nursing staff takes certain steps that include:
- Properly identify patients at risk for bedsore development when admitted to the facility
- Provide proper padding and appropriate bedding to alleviate pressure on the patient’s skin
- Follow a strict schedule to turn or reposition bedridden or wheelchair-bound patients at least one time every two hours
- Debride or cut away dead tissue from the sore to stop it from advancing to a critical stage
Taking Legal Steps to Hold a Medical Facility Accountable
The caregivers and management in nursing home facilities have an ethical and legal obligation to protect every patient in their care. If the staff fails in their duties, nursing home patients can suffer serious life-threatening bedsores.
If a family or friend recognizes their loved one is developing a bedsore, it is essential to contact professionals experienced in providing the best treatment for these kinds of wounds. Use the form here to contact a reputable Alabama bed sore lawyer from the list below to stop the neglect of your loved one in cities including:
Contacting an aggressive advocate for your loved one is essential to protect their health, dignity and rights to quality health care. Skilled Alabama nursing home neglect law firms offer a free no obligation initial consultation to discuss facts and describe all available legal options to pursue a case and stop the neglect now.