Ohio Nursing Home Lawyers Serving Victims of Bed Sores, Pressure Sores & Decubitus Ulcers
Any type of bedsore in an advanced stage in an Ohio nursing home patient is often an indicator of neglect by the medical staff. This is because nearly all bedsores (pressure sores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers) can be prevented when following the best protocols. Any pressure ulcer acquired in the facility usually indicates that the staff at the nursing home is poorly trained, uncaring or inattentive to the needs of the patient.
Pressure sores do not develop just because of old age. They occur when pressure from the body makes continual contact with the pad, mattress, bedding material or wheelchair. The pressure restricts blood flow, which minimizes the amount of oxygen reaching skin and tissue. Common areas for pressure ulcers include the neck, back of the head, shoulders and shoulder blades, sacrum, buttocks, ankles, toes and heels. A bedsore can develop in as little as two hours when the patient is immobile.
In fact, mobility-challenged individuals including wheelchair-bound or bedridden patients have the greatest potential for developing a bedsore. This is because these patients lack the capacity to readjust their body without assistance, which is necessary to alleviate the pressure. However, with routine “turnings” or readjustments by the staff every two hours or less the potential for developing a sore is eliminated.
Unfortunately, many nursing home administrators focus more on generating profits and less on properly training staff to provide premium care for every patient. In some situations, administrators will discharge or relocate the patient to another facility in an attempt to avoid litigation when the resident develops a severe bedsore. Our Ohio nursing home lawyers stand ready to assist your family when a loved one developed a pressure sore at a facility.
Utilizing Bedsore Stages to Assess A Wound Severity
The medical community categorizes pressure sores in four specific stages, which include:
- Stage I – At the beginning stage of a pressure sore, tiny red dots or small blisters will appear at the affected area on the skin. Alleviating the pressure, and keeping it off, is usually all that is required for healing if the damage of the skin is not permanent.
- Stage II – When a stage I sore is allowed to progress to an advanced stage, a small crater could appear at the affected area where fatty deposits become exposed. During this stage, special wound dressings are necessary, and all pressure to the affected area must be eliminated until the wound heals completely.
- Stage III – In this advanced stage, the pressure sore has begun to ulcerate significantly, creating a deep crater. In addition to using special wound dressings, debridement or cutting away the dead tissue is often necessary. The healing process at the stage is extensive and can take many months to complete, if possible.
- Stage IV – In this critically life-threatening stage, the decubitus ulcer usually exposes the patient’s bone, muscle and tendons at the affected site. At this stage, all the damage is most likely permanent. Debridement is crucial to remove all dead tissue and skin. Developing an infection is likely if the wound is not attended to continuously.
An infection of the bone (osteomyelitis) or blood (sepsis) can place the patient in grave danger. In fact, many nursing home patients succumb to a facility-acquired pressure sore due to an infection.
Legal Representation for Families Coping With an Ohio Bed Sore Case
Family members with a loved one suffering a bedsore can hire an Ohio pressure sore lawyer to stop the negligent action at the nursing home immediately. A skilled nursing home negligence attorney with years of experience in handling medical malpractice claims will take steps to report the abuse to every appropriate nursing facility regulatory agency. In addition, the law firm can send medically trained personnel to the nursing home to provide immediate medical care.
If you are looking for an attorney to assist with the investigation or prosecution of a nursing home abuse case involving bed sores or other injury visit the pages below:
- Columbus Pressure Sore & Nursing Home Attorneys
- Cleveland Nursing Home Abuse & Bed Sore Lawyers
- Cincinnati Bed Sore & Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
- Toledo Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
- Akron Nursing Home Neglect & Pressure Ulcer Attorneys
Fill out the contact information here to schedule an appointment with an Ohio pressure sore lawyer listed below. These law firms work on contingency so no upfront fees are paid for their legal services. In addition, they offer a free no obligation initial consultation to discuss ways to stop the negligence and seek financial compensation for all your damages.