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New Jersey Bed Sore Attorney
If you have a loved one in a New Jersey nursing home facility, you should know that he or she may be vulnerable to bed sore development. Bed sores (also referred to as pressure sores or pressure ulcers) are a serious concern in many New Jersey skilled nursing facilities. If not properly cared for, these wounds can be a very serious health problem and may even result in death.
Brian P. Murphy is an experienced New Jersey bed sore attorney. He has successfully represented many elderly residents that have suffered to bed sores. Mr. Murphy handles cases throughout New Jersey. If your loved one has developed a bed sore, take immediate action call Brian P. Murphy for a free consultation
Bed Sores are Usually Avoidable
Bed sores are a common occurrence at some New Jersey nursing home facilities; however, with proper care, bed sores are also almost always avoidable. When New Jersey nursing homes provide proper assessments, monitoring, and care, these pressure ulcers, in most cases, can be prevented.
Defining Bed Sores
Bed sores are wounds that develop because of continuous, unrelieved pressure on skin. They have four stages of development. Stage I is a reddening of the skin or a minor abrasion. Stage II is a more developed abrasion. By Stage III the bed sore is developing depth by causing underlying tissue to rot. A Stage IV ulcer is a severe wound with depth that often reaches the underlying bone. These wounds develop on parts of the body where the layer of muscle tissue between skin and bone is the thinnest. Examples include:
- Shoulder blades
- Lower back
Causes of Bed Sores
Bed sores do not develop unless the body’s skin is exposed to continuous pressure; that is why they are commonly known as pressure ulcers. At times, nursing home residents are left lying or sitting for long periods of time without being repositioned. When the skin is exposed to such pressure, the skin deteriorates and an ulcer is formed. Prolonged pressure on the skin is commonly the result of nursing home neglect.
Nursing Home Negligence
Any resident admitted to a New Jersey nursing home is required under federal and state law to have their skin assessed for potential skin breakdown. If the nursing home resident is assessed as a high risk for developing a bed sore, 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 legally liable.
If your loved one is at risk or has already developed a bed sore, contact New Jersey bed sore attorney, Brian P. Murphy, and get your questions answered.
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