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Harrisburg Bed Sore Attorney
If you have a family member in a Harrisburg or Dauphin County-area nursing home, you should know that he or she may be at risk of developing a bed sore. A bed sore is a serious medical condition that, if left untreated, can lead to far more serious conditions such as bone infection, sepsis, amputations and death. Bed sores are commonly an indication of nursing home neglect.
Brian P. Murphy, Esq. focuses his legal practice on cases involving nursing home neglect. Many of his actions involve bed sores. Call Mr. Murphy for a free consultation. Mr. Murphy handles cases throughout Harrisburg and Dauphin County, PA.
Bed Sores are Often Avoidable
Bed sores, also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, occur too often at Harrisburg and Dauphin County-area nursing homes. Bed sores, in most cases, are avoidable when nurses provide proper skin care and treatment.
Defining Bed Sores
Bed sores are wounds caused by pressure. Bed sores commonly develop on areas of the body where there is a bony prominence. Examples include:
- Ischium (sit bone)
- Shoulder blades
Causes of Bed Sores
Since bed sores are pressure-induced wounds, they cannot develop unless the body is exposed to unrelieved pressure. The pressure that creates a wound often comes about when nursing home residents are left lying or sitting for too long without being repositioned. When the body is exposed to such continuous pressure, the skin begins to breakdown and a wound forms.
Bed Sores Different Stages
Bed sores come in four stages. Each stage indicates an increasingly worsening wound. A stage I bed sore is a reddened mark on the skin. It is a minor skin issue and if treated and cared for properly it will quickly be healed. A stage II bed sore comes in the form of a blister or abrasion. It too is relatively minor. If treated properly it can be reversed. However, a stage III pressure ulcer represents a worsening wound and by stage IV the wound is now a severe, life-threatening medical condition.
Nursing Homes Negligence
Residents admitted to a Harrisburg or Dauphin County-area nursing homes are required under federal and state law to have their skin promptly assessed when admitted to a nursing home. If it is determined that the resident is at risk for skin ulcers, the nursing staff is required to pay close attention to the issue. If the skin is not properly assessed, monitored, and treated then nursing home neglect has occurred and the facility can be held liable for their wrongful conduct.
If your loved one is at risk or has already developed a bed sore, contact bed sore attorney, Brian P. Murphy and allow him to help you hold the facility accountable.
Contact an Experienced Nursing Home Attorney
Brian P. Murphy, Esq. is an experienced and successful nursing home abuse attorney who has successfully represented many victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. Mr. Murphy handles cases throughout Harrisburg and Dauphin County.
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