Decubitus ulcers or bed sores occur when an immobile patient is not repositioned periodically. When these injuries occur in a nursing home, they almost always are a sign of neglect. If the nursing home staff had done their jobs, the injury would not have occurred.
At Healy Scanlon Law Firm in Chicago, our attorneys represent victims of nursing home neglect. If your loved one has suffered a bed sore while in nursing home care, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
A bed sore is tissue decay caused by compression of blood vessels and tissues. There are four stages of bed sores:
- Stage 1 — The sore will be an area of persistent redness in a person with light skin. The ulcer may appear red, blue or purple in a person with darker skin.
- Stage 2 — The sore will appear as an abrasion, blister or shallow crater.
- Stage 3 — The sore will appear as a deep crater.
- Stage 4 — The sore will consist of dead skin and underlying tissue. There may also be damage to muscle and bone.
Bed sores typically develop on areas of a person's body that bear weight such as the coccyx, hips, heels and elbows. In the majority of cases, the injury can be avoided by repositioning the patient every two hours.
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