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Bedsore Warning Signs: A Guide for Family Members

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When we place our loved ones in a nursing home, we trust that the staff at the facility will take care of them and are going to look out for the best interests of their residents. While many nursing homes do provide their residents with excellent care, others do not take proper care of the elderly folks residing at their facilities. One sign of inadequate care is a Bedsore. A bed sore, also known as a pressure sore or pressure ulcer, is a “‘localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear and/or friction.'”

BEDSORES: WHAT TO LOOK FOR

When visiting a loved one who is living in a nursing home, it is important to keep an eye out for any signs of distress from that individual. If your loved one has been mistreated, there are some signs that can alert you to a problem. If your loved one is expressing that they are feeling discomfort or that they are in pain it could mean a bedsore is developing on their body. Non-verbal nursing home residents may grimace in pain when they are moved.

Bedsores are classified into stages. The key to successful treatment of bedsores is to spot them early. If a sore progresses to late-stage (Stage IV), it can result in tissue damage/death and serious infection. If you have a loved one who is in a nursing home, it is crucial to look for the early warning signs of a bedsore. The characteristics of a Stage I bedsore include:

  • The skin is not broken.
  • The skin appears red on people with lighter skin color, and the skin doesn’t briefly lighten (blanch) when touched.
  • On people with darker skin, the skin may show discoloration, and it doesn’t blanch when touched.
  • The site may be tender, painful, firm, soft, warm or cool compared with the surrounding skin.

It is important for family members to examine the skin of their loved ones to check for the above warning signs. The areas where bedsores most frequently occur should be examined regularly. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common areas include:

For people who use a wheelchair:

  • Tailbone or buttocks
  • Shoulder blades and spine
  • Backs of arms and legs where they rest against the chair

For people who are confined to a bed:

  • Back or sides of the head
  • Rim of the ears
  • Shoulders or shoulder blades
  • Hip, lower back or tailbone
  • Heels, ankles and skin behind the knees

The Cleveland Clinic lists bedsores as one of the indicators that an individual is suffering from elder abuse. These sores can have devastating consequences if left untreated.

Dalli & Marino, LLP has handled hundreds of cases involving elderly residents of nursing homes who suffer injuries such as bedsores, falls, dehydration, medication errors and sexual abuse. As a result, we have gained particular expertise in navigating these highly sensitive matters resulting in numerous successful verdicts and settlements. For example, Dalli & Marino LLP obtained a large jury verdict against a nursing home that failed to properly treat a resident’s bedsores over the course of several months. During the trial, Dalli & Marino LLP proved that the nursing home falsified medical records and his client was awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Do not let your loved one suffer bedsores without receiving compensation for their pain and suffering. Even if your loved one has passed away, a lawsuit can be brought on behalf of the estate to recover for the suffering that bedsores caused.

Contact An Elder Abuse Attorney

If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, either through neglect in a nursing home or another type of negligent care, please do not hesitate to contact the law firm of Dalli & Marino, LLP. Our attorneys have extensive experience in the entire discipline, and, in cases and the law surrounding Bedsores, and are dedicated to helping our clients recover just compensation for their injuries. You can call our office today at 888 465-8790 or complete our online form.

 

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