Arkansas Nursing Home Bed Sores & Subcutaneous Ulcers Attorneys
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Bed Sores—also known as pressure ulcers and subcutaneous ulcers—are injuries to skin and underling tissue resulting from prolonged pressure upon someone’s skin. People who are unable to make even small movements are at risk of pressure sores, and unfortunately, this means that seniors in our nursing homes are at a much higher risk than the general population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 in 10 (or roughly 11%) of nursing home residents will experience a pressure ulcer at some point during their stay at a long term care facility.
Bedsores are generally classified in to four categories. A Stage 1 Bed Sore will most likely result in constant, painful skin redness. Stage 2 Bed Sores are identified by a shallow open sore, or intact blister that is pink and surrounded by irritated skin. Fluid or moist pus is common as well. Stage 3 Bed Sores are indicated by deep cratering and loss of full thickness of skin. While Stage 4 Bedsores are the most severe types of bedsores. A patient with a Stage 4 Bed Sore will develop decaying tissue down into the muscle, ligaments, sometimes even exposing bone. This type of exposure puts nursing home residents at a severe risk of life-threatening infections.
Bed sores and pressure ulcers are devastating and life-threatening injuries, and their prevalence is most concerning because they are 100% preventable. If your loved one has developed bed sores or pressure ulcers in a nursing home or long-term care facility, the cause of the bed sores and pressure ulcers is almost always negligent care.
With proper care, bed sores are 100% avoidable. Nursing home employees and care givers can routinely check the common areas where bed sores and pressure ulcers develop, make sure residents stay properly hydrated, have the resident change sides and positions when appropriate, wash with a soft sponge and avoid scrubbing, keep clothes from bunching up on the skin, and properly clean after urination or bowel movements. While some bed sores and pressure ulcers develop on their own—they should never happen because a caregiver is not taking care of your loved one. If it is found that your loved one developed severe bed sores or pressure ulcers to negligent care, you may have a valid legal claim against the nursing home or long-term care facility.
Keith Law Group has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of nursing home victims in Arkansas. More important to us, through representing nursing home victims, we have forced poorly directed or regulated nursing homes and long-term care facilities to cease harmful practices—protecting future seniors from facing the same dire circumstances.
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