Legal Counsel Against Negligent Caretakers
Bedsores (also known as pressure sores) and ulcers come about due to pressure. These sores and ulcers can come about fairly quickly, but that is not an excuse for the fact that they were permitted to form undetected and untreated. Lack of attention causes them to enlarge, multiply and deepen, get infected and spread. Bedsores result from professional caretakers not taking proper steps to relieve pressure in bedbound or wheelchair-bound patients. This includes regular repositioning, using specialized beds and mattresses and keeping heels off of the end of the bed. Bedsores and decubitus ulcers often occur in places such as hospitals and nursing homes.
The Formation And Spread Of Bedsores
A few of the most common factors in the development and acceleration of skin breakdown are oxygenation issues, contact with body fluids, bed position, patient weight, protein intake issues and diabetes. Depending on the patient’s health, the location of the bedsore, and the time it has gone unnoticed or been permitted to worsen, the decubitus ulcer or bedsore can fester and enlarge. It expands under the surface so that it is like the tip of the proverbial iceberg. It can get deeper and deeper, consuming tissue, muscle and going down to the bone, where it can spread and cause a system-wide massive infection if uncontrolled.
A common defense used by health care facilities is that bedsores cannot be prevented. This excuse is nonsense and easily disputed by medical studies. The urban legend about the inevitability of bedsores needs to be disproven.
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If your parent, spouse, relative, partner or loved one has sustained bedsores, call us at 305-909-6522 or leave your information in our online contact form to discuss your concerns in a free legal consultation.