Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, decubitus ulcers, or pressure ulcers, are, with proper care, avoidable. However, these preventable injuries are common among residents in hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities. Pressure ulcers develop when the skin is subjected to long periods of unrelieved pressure. The primary causes of bedsores are malnutrition, dehydration, incontinence, and failure of the nursing staff to reposition the resident correctly or frequently. Fluid intake and meals should be monitored to prevent dehydration and malnutrition. In addition, federal and state laws require turning patients at minimum intervals. Failure to properly care for the patient to prevent pressure ulcers is the result of nursing home negligence, often in staffing.
If someone you are responsible for or are concerned about is a hospital or nursing home resident who spends considerable time in bed, it is important that you take steps to prevent a bedsore injury or identify one as soon as it develops. Visit at least weekly and actually lift up the sheet and examine the patient’s back and heels. If there is a bandage, insist the nurse or aide remove it on every visit so you can see the injury, and ask what treatment is being administered. Watch for weight loss or other signs of dehydration or malnutrition. Note a smell of urine or feces, which indicates poor hygiene.
Attorneys at The Javerbaum Wurgaft Nursing Home Group are committed to defending the rights of those who have been injured by nursing home negligence. We have significant experience assisting patients who have suffered painful pressure ulcers as a result of the negligent conduct of staff members at nursing homes or long-term care facilities. We have been able to recover monetary damages to help elderly patients heal from a variety of pressure ulcer injuries ranging from Stage I, the least severe, to Stage IV, at which point the bedsore is a gaping wound, possibly open to the bone.
Bedsore cases can be complicated. At The Javerbaum Wurgaft Nursing Home Group, our attorneys assist clients in bringing responsible parties to account. Such parties might include a hospital where the patient spent a few days recovering from some other condition, a negligent physician, or nursing home administrator. If you or a loved one has suffered from serious injuries as a result of pressure ulcers, contact The Javerbaum Wurgaft Nursing Home Group today. Evidence and statements must be collected as quickly as possible to ensure a strong case.
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If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys about a bedsore injury lawsuit, please contact the Mount Laurel office of The Javerbaum Wurgaft Nursing Home Group to arrange a free and confidential consultation as soon as possible. In most cases, our services are contingency-based, meaning our client pays no attorney fees unless we recover damages on the client’s behalf.