Discovering a loved one has massive bedsores is heartbreaking. It is common for people to suffer from very painful and debilitating bedsores and not say anything immediately. They may be embarrassed or simply unsure of what they could do.
If you or your loved one has suffered from them, we urge you to seek out a South Memphis personal injury lawyer immediately. You put your trust in a professional facility to ensure this type of preventable incident does not happen.
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At Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, we have helped thousands of people over our decades of experience to overcome the challenges nursing homes present. That includes helping them get the compensation owed to them for the losses they have experienced due to negligence.
Providers at nursing homes may not be doing what they promised to do in keeping you or your loved one safe. That is when you have the right to take legal action.
We encourage you to contact us for a free consultation to discuss your specific case. Let us help you take the necessary legal steps.
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Why Bedsores Should Never Be Ignored
A small area of abrasion on the skin may not seem like a significant concern, especially initially when the skin is not broken open. However, bedsores quickly worsen, and as they do, there is an extreme risk that infection will occur, putting a person’s life on the line. Talk to a South Memphis personal injury attorney today.
What Is a Bedsore?
Bedsores, also known as pressure sources or decubitus ulcers, are typically staged. That is, the nurse or doctor will determine their severity based on the wound’s depth and other factors, such as whether it is spreading.
Any type of bedsore is not an acceptable level of care for a person in a nursing home. It often means that a person has not been moved or treated properly. Bedsores can also cause long-term disability, incredible pain, and difficulty healing. In some unfortunate situations, it can also lead to wrongful death due to the onset of conditions like sepsis.
Signs of Bedsores
If you see signs of bedsores forming, take action. That may include, according to the Cleveland Clinic:
- Red discoloration on the skin
- Painful areas of the skin
- Itchy patches
- Dulled sensations in impacted areas
- Red or pink skin discoloration with or without an open wound
- Areas that feel warmer or cooler to the touch
- Shallow wounds (at Stage 2) which may develop into skin loss and blisters
- Larger wounds, including those that extend further
- Exposure of the fatty layer of the skin’s tissue (Stage 3 or worse)
- Exposed muscle, bones, or tendons (Stage 4)
In any situation, it is critical to seek immediate medical care for all wounds like this. That includes ensuring that immediate medical care is provided according to best practices. Contact a nursing home bedsore attorney in South Memphis, TN, today.
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A Bedsore Can Indicate Nursing Home Negligence
This is one of the most important moments to take action. Your priority should be to get your loved one immediate medical care to stop the worsening of the condition and minimize negative complications. Do not stop there, though.
A bedsore may be an indication of negligence in a nursing home facility. It may be due to poor care or treatment of an individual. It may come from injuries sustained when a person is being moved from a bed or may be due to not being moved, turned, or repositioned often enough.
Situations Causing Bedsores
Bedsores can occur when a person is in their bed for long hours, but they can also occur if a person remains in a wheelchair for an extended amount of time. In some situations, a nursing home is negligent because they:
- Do not have enough staff to manage patient loads
- Have not provided employees with proper training to prevent injury
- Do not follow recommended protocols for moving patients
- Fail to meet doctor expectations in care
- Do not discipline employees who do not follow the rules
- Do not perform necessary skin checks to ensure people are receiving the type and level of care they need
If you suspect any of these things are occurring, or you are unsure of why you or your loved one is suffering from bedsores, contact an attorney immediately. Even if you bring the situation to the attention of the head of nursing or a doctor, that may not be enough to ensure things change. When you suspect a loved one has bedsores, call a nursing home bedsore lawyer in South Memphis, TN, immediately.
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How an Attorney Can Help You with Bedsores in Nursing Homes
Our South Memphis nursing home bedsore attorney can offer help to you immediately. Our goal is to first prioritize your loved one’s needs. That may include reaching out to the nursing home to pursue changes to their care.
It may also mean advocating on your behalf to ensure Medicare or Medicaid takes steps to adjust the location of care being provided, if possible. In addition to this, our legal team at Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, will help you navigate any legal rights you have in this area. With over 50 years of experience, we have the knowledge and experience to help our clients to get changes to occur and to put compensation into their pockets through legal action.
We will do all we can to hold those responsible accountable for the losses they have created. In many cases, we can prove negligence occurred, and if so, your loved one may be owed compensation for those losses.
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We make a difference by fighting to protect the rights of our clients through these very difficult times. Contact us immediately to get guidance on this type of complicated case. Avoid speaking to the insurance company until you talk to us.
Schedule a free consultation with our South Memphis nursing home bedsore lawyer now for guidance. At Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, we are committed to providing exceptional support to our clients.