New York Bedsore and Pressure Sore Lawyers – We Fight For The Victims of Nursing Home Neglect
Bedsores (also known as “pressure ulcers” or “pressure sores”) develop when there is prolonged pressure on the skin, which can result from a body being immobile for long periods of times. Contrary to the term, bedsores can develop from any position in which a body is not moved, including wheel chairs, recliners, and sofas.
The Development of Bedsores
Bedsores often occur where the weight of the body is born by bones, which then (through skin) are in contact with other surfaces (such as a chair). Hips, tailbones, and heels are common areas where bedsores develop.
Bedsores occur in those who are physically unable to move themselves (such as those who have suffered from stroke, paralysis, or another condition). The sores occur as the result of prolonged pressure in one area of the skin, which causes an ulcer to develop.
Bedsores can also develop from friction (when the skin is dragged across a surface, such as when a caretaker moves a patient), and shear(when two surfaces are moved in the opposite direction, such as when a hospital bed is raised and the patient’s head moves in another direction). Younger people in good health experience friction and shear all the time; however, since their skin is healthy, no negative effects occur. This is not the case with the elderly who may be in poor health, and whose skin is more fragile and susceptible to damage.
Bedsore Prevention, Prognosis and Complications
Those who are unable to move themselves due to paralysis, stroke, or other medical condition are at a significant risk of developing bedsores, particularly if ongoing preventative measures are not undertaken. For those at high risk, certain types of cushions in wheelchairs may be helpful, and for those bedridden, frequent turning is helpful.
If these and other preventative methods are not undertaken, it is possible that bedsores can develop rapidly, and, if not treated, can get significantly worse quickly. Medically, they are rated in stages, which range from Stage I (the least severe, which often includes discolored skin) to Stage IV (the most severe, in which there is a large-scale loss of tissue, often exposing muscle, bone, or tendons).
Additionally, bedsores can lead to complications, including:
- Sepsis, a life-threatening condition that can result in organ failure,
- Cellulitis, a skin and soft tissue infection, which can also be life-threatening,
- Bone and joint infections,
- Cancer (squamous cell carcinoma).
Investigating and Initiating Litigation for Bedsore Injuries and Complications
As experienced New York personal injury trial lawyers, we have represented the injured and their families for more than 65 years throughout the state of New York, including Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo. In a bedsore injury case, we will want to understand the full scope of the injury, so that we can determine if nursing home negligence played a role in the injury. If it did, we will want to understand the full scope of the injury, any complications that resulted (including if the bedsore led to complications which may have resulted in wrongful death).
We take on difficult and complex cases, and work tenaciously toward seeking full compensation for our clients. If you or a loved one experienced bedsores and complications due to negligence, we invite you to call us for a free, no-obligation consultation.