Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, are regions of skin damaged by unalleviated pressure. Bed sores are most common in areas where bones are closest to the skin, such as the back, elbows, heels and hips. Our Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia injury attorneys caution that although bed sores can be noticeable exterior wounds, much of the damage is typically located beneath the skin.
Individuals who remain in the same position for an extended period, such as bedridden nursing home residents, are at the greatest risk for bed sores. However, bed sores are entirely preventable, and pressure ulcers found on nursing home residents can indicate that your loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect and abuse.
Nursing homes have a duty to take all the necessary preventative measures to protect their residents from bed sores, as well as have a care plan in case any signs of bed sores begin to develop. It is important to be aware of the early signs that pressure ulcers may be present, which can include:
The ideal cure for bed sores is prevention, and avoiding bed sores simply involves changing positions. Some individuals may have difficulty or are unable to do this unassisted, so the responsibility to prevent these ulcers may rest on a caregiver. Some preventative measures nursing home staff must practice include:
If you discover bed sores on a loved one who is currently in a nursing home, this is a sign that they may be experiencing nursing home abuse or negligence. You must act immediately to ensure the situation does not worsen. Consider removing your loved one from the nursing home, and arranging for them to receive the appropriate medical attention to prevent further damage to their health.
It is the responsibility of a nursing home to provide the best care for our elderly family members. When they fail in the duty, it is your legal right to hold the responsible parties accountable for the harm caused to you or your loved ones. To discuss your ability to seek compensation for medical expenses and other damages, contact the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia nursing home abuse lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. today.