Pressure Ulcers & Bedsores Injury Lawyer
Injuries sustained in nursing home settings vary, as most patients cannot properly clean themselves or manage their care. Pressure ulcers and bedsores are prevalent, particularly for those that are bedridden or those that spend a considerable amount of time in a wheelchair. To better understand, these sores manifest when tissues beneath the surface of the skin die from lack of oxygen and blood flow. This stems from the constant pressure of the patient’s body weight in a particular area. Bedsores and pressure ulcers are painful and are commonly found on a patient’s shoulders, neck, back of the head, sacrum, buttocks, hips, ankles, heels and toes. Ultimately, when pressure ulcers and bedsores develop, family members of the resident may wonder if these injuries are due to neglect.
It is important to contact an injury lawyer if you suspect that a loved one has been a victim of neglect or abuse. The following types of behaviors might constitute neglect or abuse in a nursing home community:
- Nurses and staff allow a resident to remain in the same position for an extended amount of time
- Nurses and staff allow a resident to become malnourished
- Nurses and staff fail to change soiled sheets or diapers, resulting in the breakdown of skin tissues (due to excess moisture)
- Nurses and staff fail to assess a resident for bedsores or ulcers
- Nurses and staff fail to notify family members or a physician if bedsores are noticed
At the Taylor Anderson Law Firm in Charleston, we understand that pressure ulcers and bedsores can be a sign of nursing home abuse or neglect. That’s why we invite you to call today if you believe that your family member or loved one has become a victim of this type of negligence.
Contact An Experienced Pressure Ulcers & Bedsores Injury Lawyer In Charleston
While not every type of bedsore or pressure ulcer is intentional, it is important to remain vigilant about the standard of care that your loved one is receiving if they are in a nursing home or other assisted living facility. Thus, if you’ve noticed blisters or scabbing on a loved one’s skin, or if specific areas of their skin develop red patches or dark craters, it could be a sign of neglect.
As an experienced pressure ulcers and bedsores attorney serving Charleston, West Ashley and James Island, the Taylor Anderson Law Firm is prepared to hold negligent caregivers and nursing homes accountable for any abuse or neglect that your loved one has experienced. Let us evaluate your claim and investigate what happened. We’ll guide you through the next steps if your situation applies.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation. As always, your evaluation is free of charge.