Holding Nursing Homes Accountable for Injuries
Most people who are fully functional change their body position every three or four minutes. We shift our legs, move our arms and hands. When we do that, we are off-loading pressure from one part of our body to another. However, people who are bound to their beds and do not have the strength or cognitive awareness to do that must have someone else move them.
When individuals are under the care of nursing home staff, they must rely on the staff for everything. People who have limited ranges of motion should not be left in the same position for more than two hours. When a person is left in the same spot for too long, the skin begins to break down, and they can develop bed sores or decubitus ulcers.
If your loved one is suffering from severe bed sores, or if they died because of an infection that started as a bed sore, an experienced San Antonio bed sores attorney can help hold the negligent parties accountable. At the Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham, we have 20 years of experienced handling personal injury matters, and we aggressively pursue medical professionals who injury innocent victims.
Symptoms and Severity of Bed Sores
When there is constant pressure to any part of the body, blood flow to that area is restricted. When it is restricted long enough, the tissues die. Because tissue goes all the way to the bone, there are varying stages of bed sores, depending how much of the tissue has been killed:
- Stage 1: The first stage of bed sores looks like sun burn. At this stage, the ulcer appears as a defined area redness. This should be a warning sign to care givers that the decubitus ulcer can develop quickly.
- Stage 2: The second stage of bed sores looks like sun burn that has blistered. At this stage, the ulcer is already through the first layer of skin.
- Stage 3: The third stage of bed sores looks like a deep crater with black edges. This indicates the ulcer has killed tissue down to the muscle.
- Stage 4: The fourth stage of bed sores looks like a deep, open wound in which bone and connecting tissues are visible. When an ulcer hits this stage, it means significant damage to the muscle, bone and supporting structures has been sustained.
Even when they are treated properly, bed sores never truly heal. A person must have good circulation for the wound the recover, and that is often not possible for a bed-ridden person.
Contact an Experienced Texas Pressure Sore Attorney
If your loved one suffered from bed sores when they were in the care of a nursing home, we can help hold the nursing home accountable for their negligence. Although a financial settlement might not heal your loved one, holding the nursing home accountable can help prevent others from suffering from the same thing. If you are interested in learning more about the aggressive representation we offer, contact us online or call 210-787-3312 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer.