Unfortunately, bed sores are a common problem at nursing homes around the country. Aside from being painful, bed sores can result in serious health problems, potentially even being life-threatening in more advanced cases. They are almost never unavoidable and can be a major sign of neglect on the part of a nursing home, and if you have a loved one in a nursing home, you need to be wary of the appearance of bed sores.
Bed sores (known more formally as “pressure ulcers”) are caused by placing pressure on a single part of the body for an extended period. For people in nursing homes, this often is the result of being left in a single position for an unusually prolonged period without having their position adjusted. They can also be aggravated by prolonged exposure to moisture (such as from bodily fluids that haven’t been cleaned up) or malnutrition and dehydration. This makes the appearance of bed sores a sure sign that something is amiss at the nursing home, and that your loved one may be being mistreated.
There are four different “stages” of bed sores. At Stage 1, there isn’t any broken skin, but it may be warm or hard to the touch and won’t discolor when pressure is applied to the area. At Stage 2, the skin is broken and there will be a shallow sore. At Stages 3 and 4, the sore becomes deeper, going down past the dermis to the fatty tissue beneath, and even to the muscle or bone. The more advanced the stage, the more urgent medical intervention becomes, as Stage 3 and 4 bed sores can be potentially life-threatening due to the risk of infection or sepsis.
If you or a loved one is suffering from bed sores while under the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility, it’s important to get the legal representation you need to remedy the situation and get compensation for the harm you and your loved ones have suffered. The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC are experienced in representing New York City and Long Island residents in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. To schedule a free consultation, contact our New York City wrongful death lawyers at (212) 687-2777 or for our Long Island wrongful death lawyers call (516) 294-8282.