Pressure sores, also referred to as bedsores or decubitus ulcers, may be a sign that an elderly loved one is not receiving proper care. These painful lesions occur in immobile or bedridden patients if their position is not changed regularly, due to constant pressure on certain parts of the body where the bone is closest to the skin. Pressure sores can become so serious that underlying tissue, muscle, and even bone are affected. Life-threatening infections can even result.
If your elderly loved one has developed bedsores, do not wait to talk to a Long Beach nursing home abuse attorney at Garcia & Artigliere. We can review the situation with you and determine whether negligence has played a part in your loved one’s condition. With our experience in elder abuse litigation, we can accurately assess the matter and help you make an informed decision as to improving conditions for your loved one and holding a negligent caregiver or facility responsible.
For a free, confidential consultation, call Garcia & Artigliere at (562) 608-1425. We serve Long Beach, California, and the entire U.S. from offices located in multiple states.
About Pressure Ulcers/Bedsores/Decubitus Ulcers
With the right care, pressure ulcers are preventable. Nursing home and in-home caregivers should be aware of the ways to prevent bedsores and should take necessary measures to protect their elderly patients. If bedsores begin to develop, they should begin treatment immediately to ensure they do not worsen and become infected.
Bedsores most often occur in the following areas:
- Shoulder blades
- Backs of the legs and arms
Pressure sores can be prevented by:
- Changing a patient’s position every two hours
- Keeping the skin clean and dry
- Using pillows or positioning devices to alleviate pressure on at-risk body parts
The following are examples of early warning signs of bedsores:
- Changes in skin color or texture
- Tender areas of the skin
- Areas of the skin that are cool or warm to the touch
Our Long Beach nursing home abuse lawyers at Garcia & Artigliere know what signs to look for in linking neglect to pressure ulcers, and we can use this experience to build clear, compelling cases for our clients.
To find out how we can help you, call (562) 608-1425 or contact us online. Se habla español.