Bed Sore Lawyer by Location

Elder Abuse & Nursing Home Neglect

Serving all of New Jersey & Pennsylvania including Philadelphia

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Bed Sore Lawyer Practicing in NJ and PA

If you have a loved one in a New Jersey or Pennsylvania nursing home, you need to know that he or she may be vulnerable to bed sores. Bed sores (also referred to as pressure ulcers) are a serious concern in many New Jersey and Pennsylvania nursing homes. If not properly cared for, these ulcers can create serious health problems and may result in death.

Brian P. Murphy is an experienced nursing home abuse attorney licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has successfully represented many elderly residents subjected to bed sores. Mr. Murphy handles cases throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. If your loved one has developed a bed sore, take immediate action. Contact Brian P. Murphy for a free consultation.

 

Bed Sore Lawyer by Location


Bed Sores are Usually Avoidable

Bed sores are a common occurrence at some New Jersey and Pennsylvania nursing home facilities; however, with proper care, bed sores are also almost always avoidable. When New Jersey or Pennsylvania nursing homes provide proper assessments, monitoring, and care, bed sores, in most cases, can be prevented.

 

Defining Bed Sores

Bed sores or pressure ulcers are wounds that develop because of unrelieved pressure on skin. They have four stages of development which are ranked least to worst. These wounds develop on areas of the body where the layer of muscle tissue between skin and a bony prominence is thinnest. Examples include:

  • Sacrum
  • Hips
  • Heels
  • Buttocks
  • Shoulder blades
  • Ischium
  • Elbows

 

Causes of Bed Sores

Bed sores will not develop unless the body’s skin is exposed to continuous pressure. Some nursing home residents are left lying or sitting for long periods of time without being repositioned. When the bony prominences are exposed to such pressure, the skin deteriorates and an ulcer is formed. Prolonged pressure on the bony prominences is commonly the result of nursing home neglect.

Bed Sore Stages

Bed sores have four stages. Each time a bed sore reaches the next stage the wound has deteriorated.

  • stage I bedsore is not a serious medical condition; it is a minor skin abrasion. However, if left untreated, it does pose the threat of turning into a more serious problem, but at this stage, it has the best chance of being healed.
  • A stage II bedsore also has a good chance of being healed.
  • When the injury reaches a stage III bedsore or stage IV bedsore, it becomes significantly more difficult to heal.
  • If neglected, stage IV bedsores can deepen to the bone, cause severe infection and threaten the life of the individual.

Unstageable bedsores are when the depth and deterioration of the wound is unclear and, thus, accurate staging cannot be determined.

Nursing Home Negligence

Any resident admitted to a Pennsylvania or New Jersey nursing home is required under federal and state law to have his or her skin assessed for potential skin breakdown. If the resident is assessed at a high risk for developing a bedsore, the nursing staff is required to pay very close attention to the issue. If close attention is not paid, nursing home neglect has occurred and the nursing home can be held liable.

If your loved one is at risk or has already developed one or more bed sores, please contact nursing home bed sore attorney, Brian P. Murphy, and immediately get answers to your questions.

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

All legal matters are billed on a contingency fee basis. All Pennsylvania and New Jersey nursing home abuse cases are personally handled by Brian Murphy.

* Nothing on this website is to be construed as attorney advice or otherwise creating an attorney-client relationship.