Bedsores are a common ailment amongst nursing home residents. Bedsores aren’t, however, an inevitable part of life in a nursing home. In fact, bedsores are preventable and are usually a direct result of nursing home abuse and neglect. If you or a loved one are suffering from bedsores, please review the information below and contact a Texas nursing home neglect lawyer as soon as possible, as you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.
What is a bedsore?
A bedsore, which is also called a pressure ulcer, is a skin injury caused by persistent pressure or friction. Bedsores frequently occur in the following areas:
Immobile nursing home residents, especially those who are bedridden or in wheelchairs, are at high risk for pressure ulcers. Bedsores are classified according to severity, with stage one being the least severe and stage four being the most severe. Bedsores are very painful and can lead to complications, including:
- Cellulitis sepsis
As noted above, bedsores are preventable, and the development of bedsores is a common sign of abuse and neglect. There are several ways to prevent bedsores, including:
- Proper nutrition – Nursing homes should ensure that residents and patients receive proper nutrition. Poor nutrition weakens the body’s defenses to the development of bedsores.
- Frequent monitoring – Nursing homes should frequently monitor residents and patients for warning signs of pressure ulcer development. In addition, nursing homes must immediately address bedsores upon their discovery in order to halt their progress.
- Repositioning and turning – The repositioning and turning of residents is perhaps the most effective way to prevent bedsores, as constant pressure on one area of the skin is how bedsores develop. Thus, bedsores are often an indication that a resident is being neglected.
- Special equipment – Some residents have physical conditions that prevent turning and repositioning. In such cases, nursing homes must alleviate pressure on the skin via the use of special equipment, such as pressure redistribution mattresses, heel-lift boots, low-air mattresses, specialty cushions, and pillows. These types of devices reduce pressure on the skin and lower a patient’s chances of developing bedsores.
Texas Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
If you or a loved one are a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, Adams Law Firm is here to help. At Adams Law Firm, we are prepared to file civil lawsuits against those who abuse or neglect the most vulnerable among us, and we have a strong track record of winning such cases. We have a well-deserved reputation for providing efficient, responsive, effective representation and for obtaining the highest possible compensation for our clients. If you live in the Woodlands, Houston, Conroe, or surrounding areas and you or a family member have suffered the pain and humiliation of elder neglect or abuse, please contact us as soon as possible for a free initial consultation.
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