Wisconsin Lawyers Serving Victims of Bed Sores, Pressure Sores & Decubitus Ulcers
Wisconsin nursing homes are responsible for every patient in their facility and must provide protection for their well-being and safety. Unfortunately, many elderly and disabled nursing home residents suffer serious medical conditions and require the medical staff to provide constant care.
The Wisconsin bed sore attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are committed to holding medical facilities accountable for their poor care. Our firm is experienced prosecuting Wisconsin pressure sore cases involving nursing homes and hospitals. Contact our office for a free review of your case and explanation of options under Wisconsin law.
Often times, adult children will entrust their loved one to the nursing facility with the expectation they will be provided quality care by a dedicated staff. Unfortunately, many patients are victims of neglect, mistreatment or inattention and develop serious facility-acquired conditions including pressure sores.
How Bad Is a Pressure Sore?
Without proper treatment, pressure sores (bedsores; decubitus ulcer; pressure ulcers) can quickly become serious, life-threatening wounds. Bedsores typically occur as a result of improper monitoring by poorly trained staff. The condition develops when continuous body pressure contacts chairs, pads, bedding and wheelchair seats for an extended time. The pressure restricts the circulation of blood to the skin and underlying tissue. In as little as two hours, the limited oxygen to the area can cause the skin tissue to die or become permanently damaged.
Bedsores are easy to avoid and existing pressure sores are simple to manage in their early stages. However, if the nursing facility is inattentive to the patient’s needs, through intention or neglect, a simple bedsore can quickly become worse, where the wound can ulcerate and expose underlying tissue. Within days, the wound can expose the patient’s bones, muscles and tendons, making it highly prone to acquiring an infection of the bone (osteomyelitis) and/or blood (sepsis).
Neglectful Nursing Staff Contributing to the Development of Decubitus Ulcers in Hospitals and Nursing Homes in Wisconsin
Nearly all pressure sores in nursing facilities are signs of neglect, inattention or abuse by the staff that is unwilling or unable to provide quality care to the patient. In many incidences, various factors contribute to a neglect or abuse case reported to state regulatory agencies. Many times, the nurses, nurse’s aides and other caregivers are performing their duties under stress because they are either underpaid or overworked. Additionally, the staff may lack sufficient training, which ends up causing intentional or unintentional mistreatment of the patient.
If the nursing staff has a sufficient amount of caregivers and receives proper training, they can perform three very basic duties to prevent a developing sore. These include:
- Evaluate the patient’s skin at least one time every day to detect or identify any noticeable signs of a developing sore
- Follow a rigorous routine to turn or readjust the patient’s body at least one time every two hours to alleviate any built-up pressure on the skin
- Change any soiled garments or wet bedding to keep the patient’s skin dry and clean to avoid losing the skin’s integrity by contact with excessive moisture
In many incidences, families are not notified for days or weeks that their loved one is suffering from a bedsore acquired at the facility. Usually, the only way families can ensure their loved ones are protected is to take a proactive stance. Family members can monitor their love one’s medical chart and look for any notation of skin integrity assessments. In addition, the family can search the chart for any notes involving treatment of developing sores.
Stop the Negligence In Wisconsin Nursing Facilities. Contact an Attorney Today.
If you believe your loved one is suffering a facility-acquired bedsore caused by negligence, inattentiveness or abuse at a nursing facility, it is essential to hire an lawyer. A skilled Wisconsin pressure sore attorney who specializes in medical malpractice claims can take legal action to stop the negligence now. In addition, the law firm can ensure that the loved one receives the best medical care from trained personnel specialized in treating life-threatening wounds.
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:
- Kenosha Pressure Sore & Nursing Home Attorneys
- Racine Nursing Home Neglect & Pressure Ulcer Attorneys
- Milwaukee Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
- Madison Bed Sore & Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
- Green Bay Nursing Home Abuse & Bed Sore Lawyers
Fill in the contact form here to speak with an experienced Wisconsin pressure sore attorney listed below. Our Wisconsin nursing home neglgience lawyers will use every legal and medical tool to protect your loved one and file a claim to seek financial compensation for the pain, suffering and injuries endured at the hands of a negligent staff.