Nursing Home Bedsore Injury Lawyers
A bed sore is frequently an indicator of nursing home negligence. Bed sores are caused by prolonged pressure on an area of the body. When nursing home employees fail to take measures to prevent bed sores, elderly residents may suffer negative health consequences and potentially death.
At The Bell Law Firm, PLLC, our Charleston nursing home lawyers understand that bed sores are not typical injuries. When nursing home employees fail to provide adequate care, innocent victims suffer.
If a loved one has a bed sore due to nursing home negligence, please call 304-345-1700 now to schedule a FREE consultation to find out how we can help.
Signs of Bed Sores
Bed sores (also known as pressure sores and decubitus ulcers) occur after prolonged pressure on an area of the body cuts off blood flow and ultimately kills the tissue in that area. Although bed sores are usually caused by the failure to relieve pressure, they can also be caused by poor nutrition or failure to keep the body clean.
Individuals who are bed-ridden, confined to a wheelchair by paralysis, or unable to move themselves are especially prone to bed sores.
Preventing Bed Sores
Nursing homes should be taking measures to prevent their patients from getting bed sores. Some ways to prevent bed sores are:
- Turn / reposition body every two hours
- Inspect areas of body where bed sores are apt to appear (legs, heels, shoulders, hips, back, buttocks, etc.)
- Keep skin clean / change bed sheets often
- Use pressure-reducing aids
- Massage skin
Untreated bed sores can become large open sores that are prone to infection. These serious injuries can progress rapidly and cause damage to muscles and bones, and even lead to death.
Nursing homes often deny responsibility when one of their residents gets a bedsore. They often blame the person’s old age. They refuse to admit that their own negligence is to blame.
Bedsores - What You Must do
If your loved one has a bedsore, it is important to gather and document any information you can access. Take photographs. Gather medical records. Identify nursing home caretakers. The more evidence you have, the better.
Next, contact the nursing home attorneys of The Bell Law Firm, PLLC. We have extensive experience handling nursing home abuse and neglect cases throughout West Virginia. We are prepared to handle your case with respect and persistence.
Need Help? Contact Our Charleston Lawyers Today
If your loved one has received a bedsore under the care of a nursing home, please contact our attorneys today and find out how we can help you.
We have filed more than 50 nursing home abuse lawsuits in the state of West Virginia and have many years of experience handling nursing home abuse claims.