Bedsore Injury Attorneys in Baltimore
Standing Up for Victims of Nursing Home Neglect Throughout Maryland
Bedsores are a common issue that can arise from nursing home neglect. Patients who are paralyzed, in a coma, or who otherwise require long periods of bed rest must be continually repositioned and cleaned by their caregivers to prevent the development of sores. People who use a wheelchair are at risk for pressure sore development as well.
When nursing home staff fail to follow the proper measures to prevent the development of bedsores in patients, the injuries can evolve into infections or exposed tissue wounds in which surgery may be required for treatment. In extreme cases, bedsores can even be fatal.
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What are Bedsores?
Bedsores are caused by long-term pressure on the body. The wounds most commonly develop on the hips, back, and other areas that are subjected to the most pressure when sitting or lying down for a while.
There are multiple stages of bedsore development. Stage one bedsores usually appear as red, tender skin that can be painful. As the sores worsen and skin breaks, they may appear more like ulcers or blisters. The progression of bedsores expose more layers of tissue. At the worst, bedsore wounds will expose the muscles and bones, and can affect the healthy tissue around the site of the sores.
Any person with limited mobility has an elevated risk of developing bedsores. Other risk factors include:
- Age (limited mobility as well as fragile skin in elderly people can lead to bedsores)
- Mental issues
- Little body fat
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Low immunity
- Low blood flow
- Muscles spasms
Holding Negligent Nursing Home Staff Accountable
Although many conditions that commonly occur with aging can contribute to bedsores, it is still the responsibility of designated caregivers to do whatever they can to prevent sore development, and to properly treat any existing wounds.
If an elderly person in your life is living in a nursing home and has developed bedsores because of negligent care, contact the Baltimore nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at Brown & Barron, LLC.
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