When Neglect Leads To Bedsores And Infection
Bedsores are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue that are caused by prolonged pressure and a lack of oxygen and blood flow. Also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, bedsores most often develop on more bony areas of the body, including the hips, tailbone, ankles and heels. These injuries are common among elderly people in nursing homes and other care facilities, and can often be a sign of neglect, restraint or other forms of abuse. If you suspect that your elderly loved one has developed bedsores due to abuse or neglect, it is important to consult with a lawyer right away. You can trust your case to the The Ellis Firm, APLC. Our Temecula, California, law firm has extensive experience with a range of personal injury claims, including ones involving elder abuse and bedsores. We will take immediate action to hold liable parties accountable for the injuries your loved one has suffered. Our goal is to fight to obtain the justice and financial recovery you deserve.
The Stages Of Bedsores And Pressure Ulcers
Bedsores develop into varying stages of severity. Each stage involves the following:
- Stage 1 – This is the beginning stage, where the skin is not broken. It will appear red or show a slight discoloration, depending on skin tone. When touched, it will not lighten, or blanch. The injury site also may vary in temperature compared to the surrounding skin and be tender or painful to the touch.
- Stage 2 – The outer layer of skin and part of the layer beneath is damaged or missing. Wound is often pink or red in color and may look like a blister.
- Stage 3 – The ulcer looks crater-like, and some fat may be exposed by the missing skin. The bottom of the injured area may have yellowish dead tissue and damage may extend beyond the surface into healthy skin below.
- Stage 4 – There is a loss of significant tissue, and muscle, bone or tendons may be exposed. The damaged tissue at the bottom of the wound may now also be darker. Healthy skin below may also have suffered more damage.
If the pressure ulcer has tissue covering it that is dead and/or yellow, brown or black, it is more difficult to determine the stage of damage.
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No matter what stage your loved one’s bedsores are in, it is never too early or too late to obtain assistance from an experienced personal injury attorney – especially if there are other signs of abuse or inadequate care.
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