It is not only unethical to abuse and neglect elders, it is also illegal. The Peck Law Group has a team of bed sore attorneys that have the experience and ability to handle tough cases for victims of neglect or abuse who have suffered from pressure sores or bed sores due to the abuse. If you are worried about a loved one who has suffered from bed sores in Palm Springs, California, contact the attorneys at The Peck Law Group right away to discuss your potential case.
Bed sores are also commonly known as decubitus ulcers or pressure sores. These sores form as a result of pressure to the body. Bed sores commonly occur due to friction from rubbing skin against another item, like a bed, brace, or cast. Additionally, bed sores can form as a result of prolonged exposure of the skin to cold. The most likely location on the body for a person to develop bed sores are any areas of tissue that are directly on top of a bone. These areas of tissue include the skin on your elbows, hips, and spine and tailbone.
One of the first noticeable symptoms of a bed sore is a mild discoloration of the skin that appears to be pink. In this early stage, the discoloration of the skin generally dissipates a couple of hours after the pressure on the skin has been relieved. If the pressure remains after this point, a deeper wound may develop. Depending on the severity of the wound, it may even cross into a person’s bone and from there, into their internal organs and cause serious injury.
Bed sores have a similar injury development path to burns. Both burns and bed sores begin with mild redness which can lead to skin blisters. As the bed sore wound continues to develop, blackened skin tissue may occur, which is similar to what happens with a third-degree burn. If the skin deteriorates to this point, this blackened tissue is known as eschar.
Perhaps the best way to avoid bed sores from forming is to ensure that a person who is susceptible to the development of bed sores changes their position at least one time every two hours. Depending on a person’s caretaking needs and requirements, it may be necessary to change their position more frequently than once every two hours.
There are also other things you can do to help prevent bed sores from forming. These include:
-Padding (to prevent tissue abrasion)
-Maintaining adequate levels of hydration
-Maintaining good hygiene practices
The development of bed sores can also be an indicator that your loved one may be suffering from other forms of abuse or neglect, including not receiving proper medical care or not having their caretaking needs adequately met. If you are worried that a loved one in the Palm Springs, California area may be suffering from neglect or abuse resulting in bed sores or other serious health conditions, call the attorneys at The Peck Law Group today to get started fighting for their rights.
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