BROOKLYN BED SORES LAWYER
Bedsores should not happen. Bedsores are usually preventable. Bedsores are often the first sign and danger-warning that nursing home, or other medical facility, negligence has happened. Prompt medical attention is always the first priority. Then, contact a Brooklyn bed sores lawyer at Oliveri & Schwartz to discuss your legal remedies.
Bedsores are a painful, often horrific, medical condition that is all too common in nursing homes throughout Brooklyn and NYC, where residents may be left lying in bed or sitting wheelchairs for prolonged periods. Overworked, understaffed facilities are often to blame. Failure to reasonably train staff and employees about bed sores, and bed sore prevention, can result in catastrophic injuries, which often lead to sepsis and death.
Seniors or people with disabilities who live in nursing homes often may have limited mobility on their own, and rely on nursing home staff to ensure that they get sufficient movement to prevent bedsores from forming, even if that’s just being turned from one side to the other in bed.
If a nursing home allows a resident to remain in one position long enough for bedsores to become a problem, that may be a form of actionable abuse or neglect.
In New York, when a nursing home has neglected a resident and allowed him or her to develop bedsores, that could result in an investigation by the state Department of Public Health and action against the license of the facility or individual health practitioner.
If you or a loved one have suffered bedsores caused by abuse or neglect in a nursing home, an experienced Brooklyn nursing home lawyer can help you determine if you might have a claim for compensation.
The experienced bed sore attorneys at Oliveri & Schwartz have successfully recovered awards from the most powerful medical institutions in New York, obtaining maximum compensation for our clients.
Premier legal representation can provide a victim’s family the peace of mind that the wrongdoing will be recognized, that the problem will not be ignored, and that maximum civil remedies will be recovered for the victim’s pain and suffering. Compensation should address past, present and future needs.
What Are Bedsores?
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, are lesions or ulcers on the skin that are caused by long-term pressure. They are often seen in people who are bed-ridden or confined to a wheelchair with limited ability to change their position.
When a person stays too long in the same position, the pressure can cause sores to form on the skin because blood doesn’t flow to that part of the body as well and the skin and tissue don’t get enough oxygen and nutrients.
Bedsores or pressure sores also can be the result of friction, when the skin rubs against a surface when you move or someone moves you. Friction can increase when skin is damp or moist, and can make skin more vulnerable to sores or injuries.
Bedsores or pressure sores most often occur on bony parts of the body with little fat cushioning, such as the hips, tailbone, spine, shoulder blades, elbows, ankles and heels. People who lie in bed for long periods also may experience sores on their head or ears.
Signs of Bedsores
If left untreated, bedsores become progressively worse. The injury goes through stages based on the extent of damage, and the stages affect how the bedsore gets treated. Bedsores can become infected, and infections left untreated can be fatal in some cases.
Because the affected patient is often unable to recognize or vocalize the symptoms of bed sores, and because untreated bed sores can result in catastrophic conditions including death, it often becomes necessary for the patient’s family members to advocate for their loved one’s well-being. That challenge can be eased when you retain the lawyers of Oliveri & Schwartz injury law firm.
The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel defines the stages of a bedsore as follows:
Stage I — In the earliest stage of a bedsore, there may be an appearance of redness or discoloration on unbroken skin, and the spot where the sore is developing may be tender.
Stage II — When a bedsore reaches this stage, the skin becomes damaged. The sore may be pink or red and look like a shallow wound or blister.
Stage III — When a bedsore progresses to the third stage, it is now a deep wound that may have some dead tissue and exposed fat. The damage caused by the sore may go deeper than the visible wound and penetrate beneath healthy skin.
Stage IV — In this late stage, there is significant tissue loss. Muscle, tendons, or bone may be exposed, and there likely is dead tissue at the bottom of the sore and damage that has spread beyond the visible wound.
Unstageable — A bedsore is unstageable when a medical professional can’t see how deep the damage goes because the surface is covered with dead tissue.
When bedsores are not treated or treatment is unsuccessful, serious complications can arise. Those include:
Sepsis — A potentially life-threatening infection caused by bacteria getting into the bloodstream
Cellulitis — An infection in the skin and soft tissues that can result in pain, redness, and swelling, and potentially result in life-threatening complications
Bone and joint infections — When infections get into the bones and joints, cartilage and tissue can be damaged and limb and joint function can be impaired
Cancer — Wounds that don’t heal can potentially result in the development of squamous cell carcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer
If your loved one has suffered bedsores from nursing home negligence, hospital negligence, or other medical facility negligence, contact us to speak with a New York / Brooklyn nursing home lawyer today at Oliveri and Schwartz. You can reach us at 800-427-9546 at any time.
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