Bed sores (or pressure sores) can form as a result of elder abuse or neglect. Fortunately, for those who have been a victim of this type of abuse, there are legal remedies available. The Peck Law Group has experienced attorneys who have successfully handled cases for elderly individuals suffering from bed sores or pressure sores due to instances of abuse and neglect. If you are worried about a loved one who may have developed bed sores because of neglect or elder abuse, contact the bed sore attorneys at The Peck Law Group as soon as possible to begin pursuing your case.
Bed sores are formed when there is significant pressure applied to a person’s body, which may occur as a result of friction from skin contact with bedding, or a cast or brace. These sores are also known as decubitus ulcers in the medical community.
Another way bed sores (or decubitus ulcers) are formed is as a result of cold exposure to the skin for extended periods of time. A person is more likely to develop bed sores in certain areas of the body. These areas include any part of the body in which a person’s skin tissue is on top of the bone, such as the hips, spine, elbows, and tailbone.
Once someone develops a bed sore, it is vital to their health to begin treatment of the wound right away. The first step in treating bed sores is to keep the wound clean and remove any necrotic tissue in order to ward off infection. Antibiotics may also be used as a treatment for bed sores. Depending on how deep the wound is, a person suffering from bed sores may even need surgical removal of the necrotic tissue or even amputation of the affected area as a last resort.
Another aspect of treatment for bed sores includes the removal of pressure from all body parts involved in the injury in order to stop any further damage to the tissue before it becomes even more serious. In addition, it is important to make sure that the elderly individual suffering from bed sores maintains proper nutrition and hydration in order to help their body recover and repair itself from the bed sore injury. Bed sores must be treated right away. Delaying treatment may result in serious injury or even wrongful death.
For residents of long-term care facilities, bed sores seem to be suffered at a higher rate than individuals who reside outside of these facilities. Two major factors that appear to be the cause of this problem are staffing shortages at these facilities along with insufficient medical funding for these locations. Due to the lack of resources, residents are not getting proper care and are not being moved often enough on a regular basis to prevent the formation of bed sores.
With multiple offices throughout California, The Peck Law Group’s bed sore attorneys can you assist you with your case throughout California including (but not limited to):
The development of bed sores is a warning sign of elder abuse or neglect. If you or a loved one has experienced bed sores as a result of suspected neglect or abuse, contact The Peck Law Group today to get started pursuing your potential case.
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