When your loved one has others taking care of them, you expect your loved one to receive the best care possible. However, if your loved one isn’t getting the quality of care they deserve, they can sustain painful injuries. One of these injuries is called pressure sores, or bedsores. These injuries are preventable and often occur due to negligence. If this has happened to your loved one, you can explore your legal options with a Columbia bedsore injury lawyer.
The Solomon Law Group help clients get justice when they’ve been victims of negligence. We know how devastating it can be when your loved one has been hurt. We can help you stand up for their rights.
What Are Bedsores?
Also known as pressure ulcers, bedsores form when there’s an area of skin that has been in one position for too long. The damage typically occurs in places where bones are close to the skin. Bedsores commonly form around the following areas:
There are several factors that increase the risk of bedsores. If someone cannot move on their own, have health conditions that causes issues with blood flow, has poor nutrition, or has fragile skin, then they are more likely to develop a pressure sore.
How Do Nursing Home Residents Get Bedsores?
Nursing home residents may have trouble walking on their own. They may also need to use a wheel chair, or are in a sitting position most of the day. If they are recovering from something, they could also spend most of their time in a bed. The nursing home staff should be regularly adjusting them to make sure there that pressure is alleviated so they do not form bedsores.
If your loved one has developed bedsores, it could be because the nursing home is negligent. They may not have enough people to give your loved one the medical attention they need. This means they could be left in a certain position for too long, which leads to bedsore injuries.
There is no excuse for the negligence your loved one faced. Our Columbia bedsore injury lawyer will fight for their rights to get the compensation they deserve. We’ll hold the nursing home accountable for their actions.
The Harmful Effects of Bedsores
Bedsores have various stages. If they’re not caught early and treated, they can progress to a severe injury.
At stage I, the skin is red and the area is painful. If there is a pressure ulcer forming, the skin doesn’t turn white when it’s pressed. If these injuries develop, then staff should recognize these injuries and take immediate action to treat them and prevent them from worsening. Unfortunately, if they aren’t discovered, the bedsores can continue to worsen and become more dangerous.
When the skin turns into a blister or has an open sore, then it’s considered to be a stage II bedsore. Stage III is when the injury progresses to form a sunken, open hole. This is called a crater. The tissue underneath the skin is damaged.
When the pressure sore gets to stage IV, the injury reaches the muscle and bone. In some cases, the tendons and joints are affected too.
There are some forms of bedsores that don’t fit the stages above. In some cases, the sore is covered in dead skin and it’s difficult to tell how far the sore has reached. Other pressure sores may affect the tissue underneath the skin. It could be a blood-filled blister. This deep tissue injury can progress to stage III or IV.
Bedsores can become infected and cause the person to develop a fever. They may need to take antibiotics.
Treating these serious injuries can include keeping the area clean and protecting the area with medical gauze. However, if the bedsore is too deep, further action may be necessary. In some cases, the person may need to undergo surgery where the infected or dead skin is removed and replaced with skin grafts.
Fighting for Fair Compensation
When you have a bedsore injury attorney fighting for your loved one, you can have peace of mind that we’re going to do everything we can to make sure your loved one received a full and fair amount for their recovery.
Because bedsores can require extensive treatment, your loved one may have piles of medical bills. They deserve to get the recovery they need. Our lawyers will look into medical records and bills and see the injuries they suffered and what they had to go through to treat the bedsores.
Your loved one may need continued care as they rehabilitate and recover. We will evaluate the costs of the treatment and fight for your compensation to cover the losses of past and future medical care.
Our bedsore injury lawyers will also consider the pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life your loved one endured while dealing with their injury. These injuries should never have happened in the first place. They could have been prevented and your loved one could have continued to live their life in their nursing home.
Recovering from an injury and perhaps a surgical procedure can take a long time, especially for seniors. This may restrict their everyday lives to resting and rebuilding their strength. If they aren’t able to take part in activities in the nursing home that they used to enjoy because they are recovering from a bedsore, then those emotional losses will also be included in their compensation.
You deserve to have someone on your side protecting your loved one’s rights. The Solomon Law Group is here for you.
Get Help from a Columbia Bedsore Injury Lawyer Today
Learning your loved one sustained bedsores under the care of their nursing home is devastating. We can help you get justice for your loved one.
We’re going to fight for your loved one’s compensation to allow them to get the care they need. We understand that it can be intimidating to take on an institution, but they should be held accountable for their actions and your loved one deserves to make their voice heard.
To schedule a free consultation, call our office today. We’ll help you review your options and find the best one for your loved one to have a safe and dignified future.