Pressure Sores from Nursing Home Abuse

Is your loved one suffering from painful bedsores?

Pressure sores, or bedsores, are injuries that result from prolonged pressure on a person's skin. Pressure sores commonly develop over bony areas of the body such as the hips, tailbone, heels, and shoulder blades, back of arms or legs, and ankles. Elderly patients who, due to a medical condition cannot move easily or change positions without assistance, can develop pressure sores—especially when they are being neglected by their caregiver.

If you suspect that your loved one has developed pressure sores as a result of nursing home neglect, you should not hesitate to contact a Charleston nursing home abuse lawyer at Preston & Salango, PLLC for help. We have more than 40 years of collective experience handling complex personal injury cases, so you can trust that your case will be in capable hands. Don't wait to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with our firm today.

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Nursing Home Neglect & Bedsores

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) defines neglect in a nursing home or an assisted living facility as the refusal or failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, or healthcare or protection for a vulnerable elder. The NCEA lists bruises, pressure sores, broken bones, abrasions, and burns as a possible indication of abuse or mistreatment. Other signs of neglect include unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and weight loss.

Not sure what to look for? Signs of advanced stage pressure sores may include:

  • The wound exposes bone, muscle or tendons
  • The damaged skin extends beyond the primary wound
  • The wound is covered with yellow, brown, black or dead tissue
  • A blood-filled blister is present in the affected area
  • The affected area is painful, firm or mushy

Don't Wait to Seek Help from Preston & Salango, PLLC

Bedsores cannot be taken lightly as they can lead to sepsis, cellulitis, bone and joint infections, and cancer. If you suspect that your loved one has developed pressure sores as a result of nursing home abuse, we urge you to contact a Charleston personal injury attorney from our firm at once. We take cases on a contingency fee basis, so you have nothing to lose by contacting our firm. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation.

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