Allentown Bed Sore Attorney

Elder Abuse & Nursing Home Neglect

Serving the Lehigh Valley including Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Bed Sores · Falls · Medication Errors · Wrongful Death


 

The Need for a Skilled Allentown Bed Sore Attorney

If you have a loved one in an Allentown or Lehigh County nursing home, you should know that your loved could be at risk of bed sores. Bed sores, also known as  pressure sores, are a very serious concern in many Allentown and Lehigh County nursing homes. Once a bed sore develops, if it is not cared for properly, it will develop into a very serious medical problem and can even lead to death.

Call Brian P. Murphy, Esq. for a free consultation. Mr. Murphy devotes his practice to cases involving nursing home neglect. Many of his actions involve bed sores. Mr. Murphy handles cases throughout Allentown and Lehigh County, NJ.

 

Understanding Bed Sores / 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:

  • Heels
  • Sacrum
  • Ischium (sit bone)
  • Elbows
  • Lower back
  • Hips
  • Shoulder blades
  • Buttocks

 

What Causes Bed Sores

Bed sores develop when the skin is exposed to on-going pressure. The pressure needs to be offloaded regularly. Proper turning and repositioning by the nursing staff must be done. If timely turning and repositioning is not done, a bed sore will develop.

When it comes to avoiding bed sores, it is also important to make certain the nursing home resident is receiving proper nutrition, hydration and hygiene care. If these are not being provided, it puts a nursing home resident at greater risk of bed sore development. When a nursing home resident develops a bed sore and this care was not properly provided, 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 can most often be avoided. 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. If a nursing home resident is determined to be at risk, the Allentown facility is required to take certain action. 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.

Related: Allentown Nursing Home Wrongful Death Attorney | Allentown Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney

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.

Please review Mr. Murphy’s testimonials page and learn what his former clients have to say.

All legal matters are billed on a contingency fee basis.

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