Watertown Bedsore Injury Attorneys
Bedsores (sometimes referred to as pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) usually develop when blood circulation to certain areas of body tissue is cut off by sustained pressure. Deprived of blood flow for long enough, the affected tissue suffers irreversible damage or dies completely, resulting in a bedsore.
In a nursing home, most bedsores can be prevented with attentive care.
If you have a loved one who is living in a nursing home and you have been told they have a bedsore, that loved one may not be receiving the attentive, competent care they deserve.
D'Amico & Pettinicchi - Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers
Common Issues Resulting From Bedsores
In the nursing home context, bedsores are not so much a sign of abuse as they are of neglect.
They occur when immobile residents are left lying or sitting in one position for too long.
In elderly patients, these difficult-to-heal injuries can rapidly progress and cause many serious or fatal complications, including:
- Cellulitis (an infection of the skin's connective tissue that can lead to sepsis)
- Gangrene (tissue death, a condition requiring amputation in the most serious cases)
- Bone or joint infections (may lead to reduced function or even total loss of use of affected areas)
- Sepsis (results when bacteria enters the blood stream via the pressure sore; may lead to shock, organ failure and death)
- Malignant degeneration (a type of cancer that may develop in the most severe cases)
Poorly trained nursing home employees and understaffed facilities are the two underlying problems that lead to bedsores.
Lawyers for Victims of Nursing Home Neglect in Watertown
If your loved one has become the victim of nursing home negligence and has developed pressure sores, it's important to speak with an experienced lawyer to learn more about your legal options.
At the law offices of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, we have a proven track record of holding elder care facilities responsible for their negligent actions and are ready to help you today.
We handle nursing home negligence claims on a contingency basis, meaning that you pay no attorney fees or costs unless we are successful in obtaining a recovery on your behalf.
For more information, call us today at (866) 848-7077 or reach us online via our "Free Case Evaluation" form.
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