Bed Sores and Pressure Ulcer Lawsuits
Pressure ulcers, which may also be called bed sores or decubitus ulcers, are skin wounds that develop when persisting pressure is placed on a specific area of the body. While this damage tends to arise on bonier parts of the body (such as along the spine, at the hips and at the elbows or ankles), bed sores can develop on any part of the body, particularly when people have sensitive or fragile skin.
When pressure ulcers develop on nursing home residents, they can be an indication that people are being abused or neglected in these facilities. As a result, families who notice bed sores on their loved ones in nursing homes should:
- Not ignore these injuries.
- Ask some serious questions of nursing home staff regarding the type of care their loved one is receiving.
- Meet with the Denver nursing home abuse attorneys at Cristiano Law, LLC to learn more about their rights and possible legal options.
Our lawyers are dedicated to helping injured people and their families hold abusers accountable, and we will work diligently to help survivors of nursing home abuse and neglect get the justice and compensation they deserve.
Symptoms of Pressure Ulcers
Indications that a nursing home resident may have developed bed sores include symptoms such as:
- Loss of healthy skin tone
- Pain at the site of the sore
- Open wounds on the skin
- Changes in the “feel” of skin.
The proper treatment for pressure ulcers will depend on how advanced these injuries are, as well as whether they have given rise to additional infections. However, in many cases, people will be given antibacterial medications, may undergo surgery and/or may be prescribed additional therapies to treat these wounds.
How Negligence Can Contribute to Bed Sores
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in every 10 nursing home residents in the U.S. is currently suffering from bed sores. Although any number of different factors can cause these injuries, some specific examples of cases in which neglect or abuse may contribute to pressure ulcers include when nursing home staff fail to:
- Sufficiently check up on residents
- Help residents change positions in bed (or move around at all)
- Change residents’ soiled clothing or sheets
- Ensure that residents are getting enough food and/or water (to prevent malnutrition and dehydration, as both of these conditions increase the risk that residents will develop bed sores)
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Denver
If you have noticed your elderly loved one developing pressure ulcers while staying in a nursing home, don’t hesitate to contact the Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Denver at Cristiano Law, LLC. We are always ready to put our experience and resources to work for you.
For more than 33 years, our trusted lawyers have been firmly committed to providing people who have been hurt by the careless, indifferent or deceitful actions of others the highest quality of legal services. Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, our Denver nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys will always stand up for our clients’ rights, will provide them with honest answers about their case and will work vigorously to help them secure the best possible outcomes to their important legal matters.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Rights
We welcome people whose loved ones may have been injured in nursing homes to attend an initial consult with one of our Denver nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers. In most cases, these initial consultations are free, and we can get a case started at no upfront cost to our clients. To set up a meeting with one of our attorneys, call us at (303) 407-1777 or email us using the form on this page.
Evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience, and our attorneys can commute to your city or town to meet you to ensure that you get the legal help you need wherever you may need it.