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Miami Nursing Home Bed Sores Lawyer

Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, are caused by prolonged pressure to the skin, which then damages the underlying tissue. This is caused when a person is sitting or lying down for too long in one position and the body weight begins to cut off circulation to that region of the body. Elderly nursing home residents are often less mobile, requiring a wheelchair to get around or may even be bed-ridden. Under normal conditions, bed sores can be avoided by frequent movement with the help of nursing home staff. If you have a loved one who is suffering from bed sores while in a nursing home facility it is a sign of neglect and should be further investigated with help from a qualified Miami nursing home bed sores lawyer.

Stages of Bed Sores

There are four stages of bedsores. For all stages the first step in treatment is to simply move the patient’s position so that blood flow returns to that area.

  • Stage One – As less blood gets to the area it may show slight discoloration. The skin will likely be a slightly different temperature than the surrounding areas and could be painful or itchy. With good nutrition, more movement, and plenty of water the bedsore should only take a few days to resolve.
  • Stage Two – By stage two the skin has either begun to pus, creating a blister, or there is an open wound. The area will be swollen, red, possibly oozing, and painful. Along with all of the steps for stage one, the wound should be washing, bandaged, and monitored for any infection.
  • Stage Three – By stage three, the damage has gone all the way into the fat tissue. The skin may be dying, causing it to turn black, and there may be an odor. This requires a doctor’s attention.
  • Stage Four – As you can imagine, stage four bed sores are severe and will require immediate medical attention if not surgery. The damage can take years to treat and reverse.

How to Prevent Bed Sores recommends moving every two hours if a person is lying down and every 15 minutes if they are sitting. It is common for nursing home residents to require hospital visits if their health declines. Harvard Health reported on studies showing that 35 percent of nursing home patients already had pre-existed bedsores when they were admitted as a resident, and many of those cases were residents who were being transferred from hospital care. This means that any nursing facility residents should be examined for bed sores upon their arrival. If they are wheelchair-bound or bed-ridden, there needs to be a schedule of care that helps them move around and adjust pressure points to avoid bed sores. It is even more critical to check regularly for bedsores when an elderly patient is unable to communicate about pain.

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At Freidin Brown, P.A., we devote all available resources to protect your right to adequate medical care and to seek the maximum compensation on your behalf when pursuing bed sore litigation action. We consult top-flight medical experts on bed sores to learn more about the injuries. We then use this information to strengthen your case. Under our representation, you’ll pay no upfront fees or hidden expenses because we work on contingency. This means you’ll only pay for our services once we have recovered a favorable settlement or verdict on your behalf.

In addition, to show the extent of the injuries and recover monetary damages, we use sophisticated litigation techniques that include:

  • Computer graphics
  • Animations
  • Clear digital photos

Our Florida nursing home abuse lawyers work as a team to help prepare the best possible cases for our clients. While one lawyer will have responsibility for your case, he or she will regularly consult other lawyers in the office to ensure you receive quality legal advice. Our firm has a long track record of success when it comes to bed sore litigation.

Contact A Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Today

If your loved one is in a residential care facility and is experiencing bed sores, it is important to determine whether or not they are being caused by neglect. An attorney who is knowledgeable about bed sores and nursing home cases can help you investigate and begin legal action if necessary. Contact the Miami personal injury lawyers of Freidin Brown, P.A today  to schedule a free consultation.

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