Serving the Lehigh Valley including Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Allentown Bed Sore Attorney
The Need for a Skilled Allentown Bed Sore Attorney
If you have a loved one in an Allentown or Lehigh County nursing home, firstly, you should know that your loved one could be at risk of developing bed sores. Also known as pressure sores, bed sores are a very serious concern in many Allentown and Lehigh County nursing homes. Secondly, if a bed sore does not receive proper care, a very serious medical problem could consequently develop. Ultimately, a stage IV bed sore can even lead to death.
Above all, call Brian P. Murphy, Esq. for a free consultation. Mr. Murphy devotes his practice to cases involving nursing home neglect, because many of his actions involve bed sores. Likewise, Mr. Murphy handles cases throughout Allentown and Lehigh County, NJ.
Understanding Bed Sores (aka, Pressure Ulcers)
Bed sores are pressure-induced. This means that continuous pressure placed on the skin creates a bed sore. When a nursing home resident is left in one position for too long the skin under pressure by the weight of the individual’s body begins to wear down. Bed sores begin seemingly harmless as small reddened areas about the size of a coin but without proper attention and care these small wounds can quickly develop into large, deep wounds.
Bed sores develop on certain areas of the body including:
- Ischium (sit bone)
- Lower back
- Shoulder blades
What Causes Bed Sores
Ongoing pressure on the skin can cause bed sores; however, history has shown that bed sores are avoidable. When reducing skin pressure, bed sores rarely occur. To avoid bed sores, pressure therefore must be regularly offloaded. This is achieved with the proper turning and repositioning of a nursing home resident. If timely turning and repositioning of nursing home residents does not occur, hence, bed sores develop.
When it comes to bed sore development, it is also important to make certain the individual is receiving proper nutrition, hygiene care, and ample hydration. When a nursing home resident develops a bed sore because repositioning is not provided and/or nutrition, hydration, or hygiene has been neglected, that person is likely the victim of nursing home neglect.
Bed Sores Are Often Avoidable
Bed sores are a common occurrence at some Allentown and Lehigh County nursing home facilities; however, with proper care, bed sores are often avoidable. When Allentown and Lehigh County nursing homes provide proper skin care, bed sores are prevented.
Nursing Home Neglect | Elder Abuse
Any resident admitted to an Allentown or Lehigh County-area nursing home is required to have their skin assessed to determine if they are at risk of pressure wounds. As a result, the Allentown facility is required to take action since a nursing home resident is determined to be at risk, Furthermore, if this is not done and a pressure wound develops, nursing home neglect has taken place.
If your loved one has developed a bed sore, contact Pennsylvania nursing home abuse attorney, Brian P. Murphy. He can help you hold the facility responsible.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney
In conclusion, Brian P. Murphy is an experienced and successful Pennsylvania nursing home abuse and neglect attorney. He commonly represents Pennsylvania nursing home residents subjected to pressure sores. If you see signs of nursing home abuse, take action: Contact Brian P. Murphy for a free consultation.
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