Bedsores are a strong indication that a nursing home facility is failing to provide its patients with adequate care. A bedsore is an injury to the skin and underlying tissue that results in prolonged pressure on the skin. Bedsores often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the heels, hips, or buttocks.How Our Fees Work:
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- Bedsore Cases in Denton
- Pressure Sores in Denton
- Pressure Ulcer Cases in Denton
- Infection From Bedsores in Denton
- Skin Breakdown Causing Infection in Denton
- Bone Damage Caused From Bedsores in Denton
- Denton Bedsores Causing Death
- Denton Pressure Ulcers Causing Death
- Denton Bedsore Cases Causing Sepsis
- Denton Bedsore Cases Causing Tissue Damage
Bedsores occur when parts of the skin crack open due to lack of movement over a long period of time. These sores often develop in hospital, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities as a result of negligence or neglect by medical staff. When a friend or loved one is ill or elderly and unable to reposition themselves, they must rely on nursing home or hospital staff members to provide adequate care and attention.
Bedsores develop overtime from prolonged pressure on one area of the body. The lack of blood flow to an area of skin can start as irritated skin and may even later progress to large open wounds. If left untreated, bedsores can become infected, cause severe tissue damage to bones and muscles, and may even lead to death.
A number of risks have been identified which put individuals at a higher risk for bedsores. These risks include long-term confinement to a bed, chair, or wheelchair, inability to reposition one’s self without help, and poor nutrition and/or dehydration. Because bedsores often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, the sores often develop in areas such as the heels, hips, tailbone, or buttocks.
Bedsores are often categorized into stages based on the severity of the ulcer.
- A Stage 1 Bedsore is an observable irritation to the surface of the skin.
- A Stage 2 Bedsore involves blisters or shallow craters with partial skin loss.
- A Stage 3 Bedsore appears as an open, bleeding wound and involves deeper layers of full skin loss.
- A Stage 4 Bedsore is the most severe stage and involves full skin loss, exposing destruction of and exposure to muscle or bone.
- An Unstageable Bedsore is one where the wound is covered in dead skin to a degree that it can no longer be staged and must be cleaned or debrided first.
The overwhelming majority of lawsuits against medical facilities derive from the fact that the facility was simply failing to provide adequate patient care. With adequate patient care, bedsores can be prevented such that medical health care staff provides proper nutrition and appropriate repositioning.
If you, a friend, or family member have suffered a hospital or nursing home bedsore, the Denton malpractice lawyers of McIver Brown can review the circumstances surrounding the treatment to help determine if the injury could have been prevented.About McIver Brown's Bedsore Attorneys:
The Denton attorneys at McIver Brown have years of extensive experience litigating and settling cases involving the development of bed sores. As skilled attorneys, we pride ourselves as advocates for the elderly, individuals with special needs, and other vulnerable adults among the 113,383 residents in and around Denton. McIver Brown is recognized for holding nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other health care providers accountable for their actions, as the firm recently succeeded in obtaining the largest nursing home abuse verdict in Texas.
SIGNS OF NEGLECT
- Bed Sores, Bruises
- Falls, Broken Bones
- Uncleanliness, Poor Hygiene of Patient
- Complaints of Poor Treatment
- Overdose, Head Injury
- Complications in treatment
- Adverse treatment outcome
"Hospital negligence kills more people
each year than car accidents. Tragically, many people never find out what really happened, and because people are unaware of time limitations on their case, they often wait until its too late to take action."
Robert Wharton, Associate