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Erie Bed Sore Attorney
If you know someone in an Erie or Erie County nursing home, you should know that he or she could be at risk of developing bed sores. Bed sores, also known as pressure sores, are a very serious concern in many Erie and Erie County nursing facilities. If a bed sore develops and it is not properly cared for, it will very often develop into a serious medical problem and can even become life-threatening.
Call Brian P. Murphy, Esq. for a one-on-one, free consultation. Mr. Murphy focuses his practice exclusively on nursing home neglect litigation. He has filed suit against many nursing homes for improper bed sore care. Mr. Murphy handles cases throughout Erie and Erie County.
Defining Bed Sores
Bed sores are pressure-induced wounds. Accordingly, bed sores are often more accurately called pressure sores or pressure wounds. The continuous pressure placed on the skin creates the bed sore.
Bed sores come is four stages of development. Stage I bed sores are seemingly harmless reddened areas on the skin. They begin as small areas about the size of a coin; however, without proper care these small wounds can quickly develop into stage III and stage IV wounds. These are large deep wounds that are often infected and can be life-threatening.
Bed Sores develop on certain areas of the body including:
- Ischium (sit bone)
- Shoulder blades
- Lower back
What Causes Bed Sores
Bed sores develop when the skin is exposed to on-going pressure. Pressure on the skin must be offloaded regularly. Proper and timely turning and repositioning by the nursing staff is necessary. If this is not done a bed sore will develop.
In trying to avoid bed sores, it is also very important to make sure that certain nursing home residents are receiving proper hydration, nutrition and hygiene care. If these areas of care are not adequately addressed, it puts a nursing home resident at a significantly greater risk of bed sore development.
Bed Sores are Often Avoidable
Bed sores are a common occurrence at some Erie and Erie County nursing home facilities; however, with proper care, bed sores can usually be avoided. When Erie and Erie County nursing homes provide proper skin care, bed sores are prevented.
Nursing Home Neglect
Any resident admitted to an Erie or Erie County-area nursing home is required, under the law, to have their skin examined. If they are at risk of pressure sores the Erie nursing facility is required to take certain action. If this is action is not taken and a pressure ulcer develops, nursing home neglect has taken place.
If your loved one has developed a bed sore, contact Pennsylvania nursing home abuse and neglect attorney, Brian P. Murphy. Allow Mr. Murphy to help you hold the facility responsible.
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 who have been subjected to bed sores. If you have seen signs of nursing home abuse, take action; contact Brian P. Murphy for a free consultation.
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