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When to Hire a Newark Bedsore Attorney
If you have a loved one in a Newark or Essex County area nursing home, you need to know that he or she may be vulnerable to bed sore development. Bed sores are a significant problem in many Newark-area nursing homes. Bedsore development is a very serious medical condition that, if left untreated, can develop into far more serious health problems. If you fear your loved one is at risk or has already 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 Newark and Newark County area nursing homes. Although nursing home staff may like to state otherwise, with proper care, bed sores are also almost always avoidable. When nurses are able to provide proper skin monitoring and care, bed sores, in most all cases, can be prevented.
Defining Bed Sores
Bed sores are wounds that result from unrelieved pressure. They 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 of body parts with bony prominences include:
- Shoulder blades
- Ischium (sit bone)
Causes of Bed Sores
Bed sores cannot and will not develop unless the body is exposed to prolonged pressure. Pressure on the bony prominences is often the result of nursing home neglect. Nursing home residents are often left lying or sitting for long periods of time without being turned or repositioned. When the bony prominences are exposed to such pressure, the skin begins to deteriorate and form a wound. How quickly the nursing home staff responds to notice of a bed sore and the types of care and treatments they utilize, will determine whether the wound will resolve or deteriorate.
There are four stages to bed sores. Each time a bed sore reaches the next stage the wound has worsened in condition. Although a stage I bed sore is not a serious medical condition, it does pose the threat of turning into one. Accordingly, care and treatment needs to be provided immediately. At stage I and stage II a bed sore has the greatest chance of healing. By the time 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 Newark or Essex 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 skin ulcer development, the nursing staff is required to pay very close attention to the issue. If the skin is not properly assessed, monitored and treated, 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 nursing home abuse and neglect including bed sores. Mr. Murphy handles cases throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and practices law at an established law firm in Trenton. 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.
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