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Michigan Nursing Home Lawyers - Stage 4 Bedsores

Bedsores, or pressure sores, are sores caused by prolonged pressure on an area of the body.  They are common among the sick, elderly, disabled, and others who have difficultly moving themselves.  The pressure from prolonged amount of time sitting or laying in the same position begins to cut off the supply of blood to an area of the body.  The sores start as red irritations (stage 1), but can develop into blisters or ulcers (stage 2) and will eventually form a crater (stage 3) which indicates damage to the tissue below the skin.

Michigan Nursing Home Bed Sore Lawyers

Stage 4 bedsores are the most serious level of bedsores.  By the time, a stage 4 sore has formed, there has already been a craterous sore for some time.  Stage 4 is the terminology used to indicate the crater has become so deep that there is damage to the muscle and bone underneath the skin.  Often times, the muscle or the bone may actually be exposed, complicating treatment and causing a heightened risk of infection.

Infection seriously delays the healing of earlier stage bedsores but can be life-threatening at Stage 4.  Infection can penetrate the bone, causing osteomyelitis and requiring weeks of treatment.  From there, the infection can spread into the blood stream, causing sepsis.  This will also require weeks of treatment and skin grafting may be necessary.  Skin graft operations, however, may not be successful in older or malnourished patients, which are two of the groups most likely to suffer Stage 4 bedsores.  Even if a skin graft operation is successful, the infections may recur months or even years later.

Cause of Bed Sores

Stage 4 bedsores are almost always the result of negligence, neglect, or outright abuse.  By the time a sore reaches this stage, the neglect has gone beyond the mere occasional omission and instead represents prolonged mistreatment.  Stage 4 bedsores can occur anytime there is prolonged pressure on a part of the body, but they are especially common when a hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation center, foster home, or other care facility fails to monitor its patients or residents over a prolonged period.

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Statute of Limitations For Michigan Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits

The statute of limitations for nursing home abuse varies from state to state. There are strict limitations for filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. To avoid these severe consequences, you should contact the Michigan nursing home abuse lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately. Our lawyers will start working on your case immediately, reviewing your entire medical chart to gather evidence necessary to prove and win your case.

Contact Our Michigan Nursing Home Bed Sore Nursing Home Lawyers

If you or a loved one has suffered from Michigan nursing home abuse or neglect, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the care facility. Call us at (800) 606-1717 to speak with a top rated lawyer. We will listen to your story and inform you of your best course of action. We represent all clients under our No Fee Promise, which means you will not pay anything unless we are able to obtain a settlement or jury verdict. There is nothing to lose so call today!

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