What is a pressure ulcer?

A bedsore, sometimes more commonly known as a pressure ulcer, is one of the most noticeable warning signs of possible nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. Usually the result of being confined for a long period of time in bed, they develop due to friction, unrelieved pressure, and temperature. They can appear on any part of the body, but are most usually found around bony areas such as the elbow, knees or ankles. While they are easily prevented by keeping the patient from resting in one position for too long, they are sadly the leading iatrogenic cause of death.

Bedsores occur in four stages, starting with superficial reaction (hotter skin, odd texture and mild pain) in Stage I to the more severe Stage IV where the wound can begin to affect even the muscle and bone. There are ways of treating bedsores with varying healing times (if at all), but the very best way to address bedsores is through prevention. If your loved one has suffered from pressure ulcers due to the abuse or negligence of a nursing home, do not hesitate to contact us.

Bedsores are painful, and worse, can be indicative of other abusive or neglectful behavior on the part of the care facility in question. To ensure that you and your loved one are receiving the necessary amount of financial compensation, a knowledgeable attorney should be brought in at the onset of the case. At Wendt Law Firm P.C., we fully understand the ramifications of bedsores and other damages incurred from improper care. We are completely dedicated to giving the victims of such treatment the legal support they need to move forward in their case.

If your loved one is victim of bedsores or pressure ulcers, contact a Wendt Law Firm P.C. attorney today.