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Reasons to Contact a Trenton Bed Sore Attorney
Brian P. Murphy is a Trenton bed sore attorney who handles cases throughout New Jersey. If you or someone you know is in a Trenton or Mercer County area nursing home, you need to know that the risk of developing a bed sore is high. Bed sores are very serious medical conditions and often a sign of nursing home neglect. If left untreated, bed sores can deteriorate rapidly, causing great pain and suffering and can even lead to death. If you or someone you know one is at risk or has already developed a bed sore, call Attorney Brian P. Murphy today for a free one-on-one discussion about your case.
Bed Sores Are Often Avoidable
Bed sores, also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, are, unfortunately, a common occurrence at some Trenton and Mercer County-area nursing homes. Although you may be told differently by the nursing home staff, bed sores are also almost entirely preventable. With proper assessments, monitoring and attentive care, bed sores, in nearly all cases can be avoided.
What Are Bed Sores?
Bed sores are wounds that develop as a direct result of pressure. Bed sores develop on areas of the body where there is a thin layer of muscle tissue between skin and bone. Trenton bed sore attorney Brian Murphy is skilled in identifying bed sores at every stage.
Bed sores typically develop in the following areas:
- Shoulder blades
Bed Sore Causes
Bed sores are pressure-induced wounds. They do not develop unless the body is exposed to prolonged unrelieved pressure. Such pressure often comes about when nursing home residents are left lying for long periods of time in bed or sitting in a wheelchair. When the body is exposed to such continuous pressure, certain parts of the skin such as the hips, heels or sacrum begin to breakdown and a wound forms. Depending upon the action of the nursing home staff, the wound can be resolved or it may further deteriorate.
Stage I bed sores are wounds that generally consist of a small patch of reddened skin about the size of a coin. Stage I bed sores may be painful but sometimes are not; however, they should not be taken lightly. Stage I bed sores pose a serious threat to your loved one’s well-being. If proper measures are not taken the Stage I bed sore can rapidly deteriorate.
Stage II bed sores are abrasions or blisters. The skin is still intact. They are sometimes painful and tender.
By Stage III, a bed sore is larger and deeper. The skin is no longer intact. The wound often begins to emanate an odor and drain fluid. The muscle tissue inside the wound becomes necrotic (tissue rot).
At Stage IV, the bed sore has grown and deepened significantly. At this point, the necrotic tissue has often grown considerably. Stage IV bed sores are often infected which cause further deterioration. Puss and discharge is also often found. A stage IV bed sore can often reach the depth of the individual’s bone.
Negligent Nursing Homes in Trenton and Mercer County
Any individual admitted to a Trenton or Mercer County-area nursing home is required under federal and state law to have their skin immediately assessed for potential skin breakdown. If that individual is at high risk for skin breakdown, the nursing staff is required under the law to pay close attention to the individual’s skin issues. If the skin is not properly assessed, monitored and treated then the staff has been negligent in their duties and the nursing home should be held accountable.
If your loved one is at risk or has already developed a bed sore, contact nursing home bed sore attorney, Brian P. Murphy, and get your questions answered.
Contact Trenton Bed Sore Attorney & Abuse Lawyer
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. 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.
Legal matters are billed on a contingency fee basis. All Pennsylvania and New Jersey nursing home abuse cases are personally handled by Brian Murphy.
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