Sacramento Elder Abuse: Bedsores
What Are Bedsores?
A large number of nursing home patients and elderly persons are bedridden, or they are unable to reposition themselves or move from their bed or wheelchair. A common injury sustained due to such immobility is bedsores, also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers. These sores occur when an area of skin loses circulation due to pressure, often caused in bony areas such as feet, hips, tail bones, shoulder blades, and elbows.
Elderly people are particularly susceptible to such injury because of lower-than-average blood pressure, making it the duty of their caretakers to keep them mobile and treat any sores that may occur before they get out of hand. Neglect or lack of proper care for such injuries could be proof of elder abuse. so that Our team at Newman Law Group LLP can support you immediately. Our bedsore attorney in Sacramento is determined to seek justice for the most vulnerable in our communities.
Common Causes of Bed Sores
The way that pressure sores, more commonly known as "bed sores," occur is through a gradual occurrence of increasing pressure. When the skin is repeatedly inflicted by an object pressing upon it, the body is unable to supply a regular flow of blood to that area of the skin, which then suffers painful damage as the skin cells die off. This especially occurs in spots on one's body that do not have protective muscular or fat padding.
The types of pressures upon one's skin can vary greatly. Friction from repeated dragging of objects on one's skin can often cause sores; even the continual motion of a blanket or a piece of clothing can lead to a sore. Moreover, places that are moist or fragile or not properly cleaned tend to develop bedsores more easily.
The Various Stages of Bed Sores
Many people are not aware that there are actually different stages of bed sores. It is important to recognize the stage of a bed sore because you can tell how long a person has been suffering from them.
The four stages of bed sores include the following conditions:
- Stage I: At this point, the patient’s skin is not broken but remains intact. It may be somewhat reddened, as well as slightly painful and tender to the touch, and can be either much warmer or colder than normal skin temperature.
- Stage II: During this stage, the outer layer of the skin, called the epidermis, as well as the dermis below, have been broken. The wound will usually appear to be shallow, like a popped blister, and is often red or pink.
- Stage III: This stage results in a much deeper, open wound that even displays the fattier tissue below it. Rather like a deep crater, the resulting ulcer is often yellow in color, and often shows signs of spreading decay to nearby areas of the skin.
- Stage IV: During the final stage, the damage is so deep that muscles, tendons, and even bones may be exposed to open air. The bottom of the wound’s crater has so much dead tissue that it will have darkened and turned crusty, infecting a large portion of the normal healthy skin and muscle around it.
How a Qualified Lawyer Could Help
In severe cases of pressure ulcers, the sores could become deep, extending into the dermis (fat layer) or even to muscle or bone. Without proper preventative treatment, infection could set in. Also, should bacteria enter the bloodstream, sepsis (blood poisoning) could result. If your loved one is suffering from bedsores and you believe that his or her caretakers are neglecting their wounds, get help from a California lawyer right away.
Contact us now at (916) 900-1114 for a free case evaluation. You have the ability to fight against those who have cruelly abused your loved one and caused them to suffer from bed sores and abuse. Contact Newman Law Group LLP today for more information.
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