Our nursing home neglect attorneys file lawsuits against Michigan nursing homes for residents who have suffered a pressure sore while residing at the skilled nursing care facility. Because many residents are at risk for developing pressures sores due to a number of medical conditions, it is imperative that the facility take all necessary and appropriate measures to prevent them from occurring. With proper care and monitoring, these sores are completely preventable.
Risks Associated With Pressure Ulcers
The major risk factors for developing pressure ulcers are:
Degenerative neurologic disease
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Central nervous system disorder
- Drugs and medication that affect alertness
- Lack of mobility
- Bowel and bladder incontinence
- Peripheral vascular disease
Pressure Ulcer Information
Nursing homes are required to assess a resident’s risk for developing pressure sores upon the admission to the nursing home and also during the period of admission. Conditions often change throughout the admission and the nursing home staff is required to modify the patient care plan as those conditions and needs change. Most nursing homes use the Braden Scale as the method for assessing the risk of skin breakdown and developing pressure sores.
Pressure sores are classified by stages based upon the physical characteristics of the wound. 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. By the time a pressure sore is classified as a Stage 4, the neglect of the resident is pretty clear.
Michigan nursing home residents who develop pressure sores in skilled nursing care facilities or in other medical care facilities have the legal right to compensation for those injuries. Pressure sores cause significant pain and discomfort and often require extensive treatment, including surgery. To learn more about the legal rights of a nursing home patient who develops a pressure sore in a nursing home, you should contact our nursing home neglect lawyers today.
Legal Rights After A Michigan Nursing Home Abuse Injury
Patients and their families can file civil lawsuits seeking money compensation for the injuries suffered due to nursing home neglect and abuse. In situations in which a patient dies due to the negligence of the facility, the family can file a Michigan wrongful death claim for the loss of their loved one.
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We do not charge any legal fees unless we are able to get you a settlement. We also pay all case costs and expenses. If your case is unsuccessful for any reason whatsoever, you will owe us nothing. We put that in writing for you.
Contact Our Michigan Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If a loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in an Michigan nursing home, it is important you contact our law firm today at (800) 606-1717. We will listen to your story, get the medical records, and start working on your case immediately.