Our Michigan pressure ulcer lawyers represent patients with paralysis who develop bed sores and pressure sores while in-patient at a hospital, rehabilitation center, or skilled nursing home. Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcer or pressure sores; often occur in persons who cannot move around easily. This is why bed sores are so common among nursing home patients who are paralyzed.
Bed sores develop due to continual pressure on the skin for prolonged periods of times. Some of the most common areas for a paralysis patient to develop bed sores are on the tailbone, buttocks, ankles, and elbows. The skin and tissue underneath break down from continued pressure and poor circulation. When the skin breaks down, it becomes red and open sores develop after the skin changes. In severe cases, the pressure ulcer causes destruction of muscle or even bone underneath the skin.
These patients also typically have decreased sensation below the waist and cannot feel the onset of these sores and are therefore unable to communicate to their medical providers that a sore exists. Medical providers must be keenly aware of the potential for these sores and take all possible measures to prevent them from occurring. Bed sores on paralysis patients are completely preventable with healthcare protocols that involve proper care, treatment, and monitoring.
Hospitals and nursing homes both have rules to follow about how often to turn patients from positions such as lying on their back to their side, to the other side, and to their back again. It is believed by health experts that this turning type of routine – done on a schedule of at least once every few hours, is enough to prevent bed sores in all patients, including paralysis patients. Often times, the nursing home and its staff will make excuses, such as, “I want to let the patient sleep,” “I do not have enough help,” or “the patient would not let me turn them,” however the truth is that the nursing home staff was negligent in their failure to properly treat and prevent bed sores. These are not legitimate excuses and do not provide a basis for failing to turn the patient.
If you or a family member suffers from bed sores at a Michigan nursing home, hospital, or rehabilitation facility, you do have legal rights and may be able to sue the facility for the neglected care. Medical facilities are responsible for the proper care and treatment of their patients, which includes ensuring that a patient, even if they are paralyzed, does not develop bed sores.
Call the Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. law office today at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our top rated Michigan bed sore lawyers. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and medical records to prove and win your case. Call now for your free consultation!