Pressure Ulcers a Sign of Nursing Home Neglect
Bedsores (also known as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) are usually suffered by bed-bound patients who do not have the ability to change their position. If your loved one has suffered bedsores after entering a nursing home, it may be a sign of neglect.
At Konicek & Dillon, P.C., our lawyers represent victims of nursing home negligence. If your loved one has suffered a bedsore injury in a nursing home or other extended care facility, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. With offices in Geneva and Chicago, we represent clients throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri.
A Preventable Injury
Bedsores are a painful and dehumanizing injury that can lead to fatal infections. The injury is preventable. It is important to move immobile patients regularly to prevent bedsores from developing.
There are four stages of bedsores:
- Stage 1: A defined area of redness, often near the tailbone or on the backs of heels
- Stage 2: An abrasion, blister or shallow crater
- Stage 3: A deep crater
- Stage 4: Gaping wounds with dead tissue and damage to underlying muscle or bone
Treatment for bedsores involves removing pressure from the affected tissue, removing dead tissue and keeping both the patient and the bedding clean. Left untreated, bedsores can lead to sepsis and other infections, causing a person's system to shut down.
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To discuss your case with our Geneva nursing home bedsore attorneys, call 630-313-2071 or fill out the contact form on this website. We offer home and hospital visits.