Pressure sores, which are commonly referred to as bedsores, are the result of tissue death that occurs when circulation is cut off to an area of the body because of pressure placed on a joint near the affected area. These injuries are inexcusable due to the ease in which they are prevented and if your loved one has endured pain and suffering or died due to the complications accompanied with bedsores, the nursing staff tasked with taking care of your loved one should be held liable. The Chicago Injury Center has been helping clients throughout Illinois take negligent nursing homes to task by holding them accountable and forcing them to change their ways— in the hope that doing so will prevent future instances of abuse.
How a Bedsore Develops
It is not uncommon for elderly patients to remain in the same position for a long period of time, especially if they have a condition that makes walking or getting around difficult. When lying down for a long period of time, a person’s body weight may place pressure on his or her joints and reduce blood flow to the muscle and skin in the surrounding area. As the tissue begins to die, a sore develops which gets progressively more painful as time goes by— eventually becoming an open wound that may become infected and present a true danger to the patient’s life.
Preventing the development of bedsores is as easy as moving the patient every two hours or allowing him or her to get up and move around with some assistance, if needed. Even pressure sores at early stages can be treated if they are noticed and medical care is provided in a timely manner. It is for this reason that stage three or four pressure sores are unacceptable and nursing care facilities should be held accountable for any form of treatment or neglect that allows the development of severe bedsores.
Medical Complications Associated With Advanced Bed Sores
Patients suffering from severe bedsores not only endure great pain and suffering but are at risk of developing infections or life threatening conditions. Complications that occur among patients with bedsores include the following.
- Pain that diminishes quality of life
- Infection of the sore or surrounding tissue
- Septic shock
- Spread of infection to major organs
If your loved one has developed bedsores due to neglect or negligent treatment, it is important that you hold the nursing facility responsible. The Chicago Injury Center’s team of leading nursing home injury lawyers believes that the only way to improve the quality of nursing home care is to hold neglectful and negligent nursing care facilities liable for the pain and suffering caused by placing profits above quality care. Contact us today for a confidential and free consultation to learn more about your rights and to determine if you have a case. We will gladly conduct an investigation on your behalf in order to gather the information needed to build your case and if we are unable to collect damages on your behalf, our services are free of charge.