Has Your Loved One Suffered Bedsores or Pressure Sores in a Nursing Home?

Bedsores, also called pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, are very common in a nursing home setting, but did you know that, if left untreated, they can be fatal? The experienced attorneys at Dollar, Burns & Becker have represented hundreds of families whose loved ones have suffered severe or fatal injuries from bedsores. We offer compassionate services as we aggressively pursue favorable outcomes.

The experienced attorneys at Dollar, Burns & Becker know what to look for to investigate the cause and lack of appropriate treatment of bedsores. We know who to talk to, where to look for answers and who to hold responsible. Often it’s not only the facility, but also its management and/or ownership who’s to blame. Residents suffering from bedsores are supposed to be transferred to a hospital or similar facility for advanced treatment but it often doesn’t happen. We’ll work closely with your family with sympathy and compassion as we vigorously look for answers and compensation if the circumstances call for it.

As advocates for injured seniors, we are persistent in our pursuit of active measures to make fundamental changes to the nursing home care system. We strive to stop nursing homes from falsifying records, understaffing their facilities, and ultimately contributing to a lack of the respect and dignity that our elderly population deserves.

Our firm of trial attorneys has a nationwide reputation of representing injured people. If you would like to speak with an attorney about bedsores and nursing home neglect, contact our St. Louis, Mo., attorneys. We offer free consultations and attorneys' fees are on contingency. Anyone who suspects abuse or neglect should also call the Elder Abuse Hotline through the Department of Health and Senior Services at 1-800-392-0210.

 

Bedsores Should Not Happen With Proper Care and Attention

Nursing home staff must determine the needs of each resident. A person who is in a wheelchair will have different needs than a person who can walk. A person who cannot turn over without assistance will require more help than a person who can turn over without assistance. The nursing home staff must assess each patient and meet his or her needs.

 

Stages of Bedsores in Nursing Home Residents

Bedsores may not be immediately noticeable, because clothes and sheets cover up the parts of the body that are affected. If caught early, bedsores can be effectively treated. If they go unattended, they can eventually lead to death.

Bedsores are categorized in the following four stages:

  • Stage 1: The bedsores may itch or hurt and be red, blue, or purple, depending on the person's pigmentation.
  • Stage 2: The bedsore will start to look like a blister or cut.
  • Stage 3: The tissue damage deepens, with a "craterlike" appearance.
  • Stage 4: Muscles, bones, and joints become affected.

 

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It’s important to contact us immediately if you or a loved one has been the victim of negligence or abuse in a nursing home. Initial consultations are free of charge and all of our work is done on a contingency basis.