Decubitus ulcers (also known as bedsores) are areas of damaged skin and tissue that occur when sustained pressure cuts off the circulation to vulnerable parts of the body, especially the skin on the buttocks, hips and heels. If adequate blood flow is not maintained, the affected tissue dies. People suffering from paralysis are especially at risk of developing bedsores, as is anyone who is bedridden, who is restricted to a wheelchair or who cannot change positions without assistance.
At the law offices of Dreyer Boyajian LLP, our partner attorneys William Dreyer and Don Boyajian have nearly 70 combined years of experience handling cases involving bedsores or decubitus ulcers contracted in a nursing home or long-term care facility. To learn how we can help you recover full and fair compensation for your losses, contact our office or call us toll free at 866-292-1582 for an appointment with an experienced Albany decubitus ulcer lawyer.
Protecting Victims of Bedsores
Decubitus ulcers develop quickly, progress rapidly, are very difficult to heal and are too often the result of nursing home negligence. But they don't have to occur. Proper nursing home care and preventive measures can maintain the skin's integrity and encourage the healing of bedsores.
The fact that bedsores occur so often in our nation's nursing homes is of primary concern to health care providers. There are specific federal and state regulations regarding the care that must be given to nursing home residents in order to prevent the occurrence and severity of bedsores. If your loved one has developed bedsores in a nursing home facility, it may be that the cause is the failure of the facility staff to monitor and turn your loved one. The facility should have appropriate equipment to help aid in the regular moving and monitoring of someone who is at risk for decubitus ulcers, even those at greater risk, such as an overweight person confined to his bed.
It should be of immediate concern if your loved one entered the facility without bedsores and then quickly began to develop them. Hydration, monitoring and movement by the staff are key to preventing their development and spread, and their quick appearance is cause for you to alert the facility and the attending physician.
Contact the Nursing Home Attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP
For a private consultation, contact the experienced New York nursing home litigation attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP, or call us toll free at 866-292-1582.