There are many different signs of mistreatment that can arise when someone is living in an assisted living center, and one of the telltale signs of neglect or even abuse in certain situations is the appearance of bed sores. Below you will find a brief overview of what bed sores are, how they develop, and what action should be taken in response to their appearance. If you or a loved one has been neglected in a nursing home and has suffered an injury, don’t wait to contact a Las Vegas nursing home abuse lawyer at Bernstein & Poisson as soon as possible.
BED SORES – A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
Bed sores are also called pressure sores or pressure ulcers. These sores are basically serious injuries to the skin and the underlying tissue where one particular area has been exposed to constant and long-term pressure. When patients with limited mobility are not regularly repositioned in their beds, they run a serious risk of developing sores that can cause serious pain, infection, and, in the worst cases, even death.
Bed sores usually develop over areas that cover bones, and there are varying degrees of bed sores that can develop. Some bed sores will heal over time if they are not extremely severe, but even this healing process can take months. Other sores are so severe that the skin and underlying tissue suffer deep damage. There is little if anything that can be done at this point, and it should also be noted that any type of bed sore is extremely painful for a patient.
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BED SORES AND NEGLECT
Given the way that bed sores develop, their appearance on a resident of an assisted living center can only mean that they are not being treated properly. It takes weeks or even months for these sores to develop in some patients, and all it takes to prevent them is a regular schedule of moving people to a different position at regular intervals so that the same area of the skin is not being pressured by the underlying bed. As such, people who find themselves suffering from bed sores need to take legal action to protect their rights.
CONSULT A LAS VEGAS NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE LAWYER TODAY
If you or someone you love is suffering from bed sores as a result of mistreatment by assisted living facility staff, you need to seek the help of Las Vegas nursing home abuse lawyers who have been fighting for the rights and dignity of clients for many years. Contact Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.