Elder abuse and neglect are against the law. The bed sore attorneys at Peck Law Group have the skills and experience to handle cases on behalf of elderly individuals who have become the victims of bed sores or pressure sores. If you or a loved one has suffered bed sores in Sacramento, California due to neglect, call the Peck Law Group today to get a free consultation for your potential case.
Bed sores, which may also be referred to as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers are formed by pressure. These sores can also result through the friction of rubbing skin against an item such as a bed sheet, cast, or brace. They can also occur due to prolonged cold exposure to the skin.
The areas of skin that are most susceptible to develop bed sores are areas of tissue that lie directly over a bone. These areas of your skin include the hips, heels, elbows, spine, and tailbone.
The first sign of a bed sore typically begins with a mild pink discoloration of the skin. This discoloration typically disappears within a few hours after the pressure on the area has been relieved. As time goes on, a deep wound may develop that can even cross into the bone and into a person’s internal organs. The course of injury resulting from a bed sore is similar to that of a burn wound. It can begin with a mild redness and blistering of the skin, similar to a first-degree burn, and then end up developing into a deep open wound with blackened skin tissue, similar to a third-degree burn. When the skin tissue is so damaged that it becomes blackened, that condition is referred to as eschar.
One of the main ways to prevent the development of bed sores is to change a susceptible person’s positions at least every two hours. A change in position more frequently than two hours may also be necessary to prevent bed sores, though it will depend on the individual’s personal needs. Additional methods of prevention include the use of padding to prevent tissue abrasion, maintenance of hydration levels, good nutrition, and sufficient hygiene are also important ways to reduce the risk of developing bed sores. Serious wounds a generally a strong indicator of negligence and neglect in general, so if your loved one develops bed sores, this condition is a red flag that may indicate abuse and neglect in other forms, such as nutrition, hygiene, medical care, and general neglect of basic care taking duties.
Additionally, if you or your loved one is in the care of others in a medical environment, such as the hospital or a long-term care or treatment facility, there are medical devices and equipment available for use to prevent and treat bed sores.
If you have concerns that a loved one in the Sacramento California area is a victim of neglect or abuse causing bed sores and other health conditions, contact an attorney at the Peck Law Group today to discuss the facts of your potential case.
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