Serving all of New Jersey & Pennsylvania including Philadelphia
Camden Bed Sore Attorney
If you have a loved one in a Camden or Camden County area nursing home, you need to know that he or she may be vulnerable to bed sores. Bed sores are a serious concern in many Camden-area nursing homes. If not properly treated, bed sores can create serious health problems and may result in death. If your loved one has developed a bed sore, call Brian P. Murphy, Esq. immediately for a free one-on-one consultation.
Bed Sores are Often Avoidable
Bed sores are a common occurrence at some Camden and Camden County area nursing home facilities; however, with proper care, bed sores are also almost always avoidable. When Camden nursing homes provide proper skin assessments, monitoring, and care, bed sores, in most cases, can be prevented.
Defining Bed Sores
Bed sores are wounds that develop because of unrelieved pressure on skin. Bed sores come in four stages which are ranked least to worst. Bed sores develop on areas of the body where the layer of muscle tissue between skin and a bony prominence is thinnest. Examples include:
- Shoulder blades
- Ischium (sit bone)
Causes of Bed Sores
Bed sores will not develop unless the body’s skin is exposed to prolonged pressure. Prolonged pressure on the bony prominences is often the result of nursing home neglect. Nursing home residents are often left lying or sitting for extended periods of time without being repositioned. When the bony prominences are exposed to such pressure, the skin deteriorates and a wound is formed. How quickly the nursing home staff responds to the bed sore and the types of care and treatments they utilize, will determine whether the wound will resolve or deteriorate.
Bed Sore Stages
There are four stages to bed sores. Each time a bed sore reaches the next stage the wound has worsened in condition. A stage I bed sore is not a serious medical condition; however, it does pose the threat of turning into a more serious problem. At stage I and stage II a bed sore has the best chance of healing. When a bed sore reaches a stage III or stage IV it becomes far more difficult to heal. If neglected, a stage IV bed sores can crater down to the bone, cause severe infection and threaten the life of the individual.
Nursing Home Negligence
Any resident admitted to a Camden or Camden County-area nursing home is required under federal and state law to have their skin assessed for potential skin breakdown. If the resident is assessed at a high risk for bed sore development, the nursing staff is required to pay close attention to the issue. If close attention is not paid, nursing home neglect has occurred and the nursing home should be held liable for their wrongful conduct.
If your loved one is at risk or has already developed a bed sore, contact nursing home bed sore attorney, Brian P. Murphy, and immediately get your questions answered.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney
Brian P. Murphy is an experienced and well-regarded nursing home abuse attorney who has successfully represented many elderly residents subjected to bed sores. Mr. Murphy handles cases throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. If you see signs of nursing home abuse or neglect, take immediate action today. Contact nursing home abuse attorney, Brian P. Murphy for a free, one-on-one consultation.
Review Mr. Murphy’s testimonials page and 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.