Pressure sores, also referred to as bedsores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers, are areas of damaged skin and other tissue caused by the continued pressure of remaining in one place for too long. Bedsores are extremely painful and can affect the outer layers of the skin all the way to the nerves, muscle, and even bone. The areas of the body where the skin is closest to the bone are at risk, including the ankles, back, heels, hips, and elbows. Bedridden and wheelchair-bound patients are at the highest risk of developing pressure sores – but only in the absence of proper preventative measures.
The development of bedsores is an indication of elder abuse or nursing home negligence. The cause of pressure sores is widely known and should be common knowledge to any elder caregiver or facility. Preventative measures should be taken to avoid bedsores in the first place, and if they develop, they should be treated immediately before they become serious or even life-threatening.
If your loved one developed pressure sores, this may be a sign that something is wrong at their nursing home or assisted living facility. The New Orleans nursing home abuse attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere can talk to you about what has occurred and can investigate the matter to determine whether you have a case for negligence or wrongdoing.
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Bedsore Prevention & Nursing Home Neglect
There are three primary ways to prevent bedsores from developing. These are:
- Changing the patient’s position every two hours
- Keeping the patient’s skin clean and dry
- Using pillows, supportive devices, or other products that can relieve pressure on key points
In building a case against a nursing home or caregiver for pressure sores, our New Orleans nursing home abuse lawyers will consider all the facts and evidence at hand. We will look for signs that the at-fault party did not take the appropriate measures to prevent or treat pressure ulcers. With our resources and personnel, we can effectively prepare even the most complex case.
To discuss your case and how negligence may be involved, call our New Orleans offices at (504) 608-4251 or contact us online.