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Bedsores are painful lesions that may be caused by prolonged, unrelieved pressure. Often called pressure ulcers, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, bedsores are easily preventable if proper care is given in a nursing home. Unfortunately, in the presence of nursing home negligence or abuse in Phoenix nursing homes or assisted living facilities, our elderly loved ones may be at risk of developing bedsores.
Have you noticed that an elderly loved one in the care of a nursing home is suffering from bedsores? This may be a form of negligence or elder neglect and should be stopped. A Phoenix nursing home neglect lawyer at our law firm can meet with you to talk about this serious matter and how you can seek justice on your loved one’s behalf.
When particular parts of the body (most often portions over particularly bony areas, such as the knees, elbows, base of the spine and shoulder blades) are exposed to continuous, unrelieved pressure, a lack of blood flow to the area causes the tissue to die. If found early and treated properly, bedsores may not be extremely serious. Unfortunately, bedsores may be fatal if they are not found early or are treated improperly.
A nursing home or assisted living facility has the responsibility to prevent bedsores by frequently turning bedridden patients. By turning and adjusting the position of a patient every two hours, it is very easy to prevent bedsores from occurring in the first place. If a nursing home caregiver is negligent and does not turn a patient as necessary, however, bedsores may develop and these may even lead to the wrongful death of an elderly patient.
Interested in a free consultation to talk about bedsores and how these may be related to nursing home abuse or negligence? Contact a Phoenix nursing home neglect lawyer at Goldwater Law Firm, P.C. today.