Our bed sore lawyers represent patients who develop bed sores while in a rehabilitation facility. Patients are often transferred from a hospital to a rehab facility after a surgery or serious medical condition for rehabilitation and preparation to return back to their home. Many of these patients are still immobile and bed ridden during their rehabilitation facility admission. As a result, many patients are at high risk for developing bed sores.
Bed sores, also called pressure sores or pressure ulcers, are injuries to skin and underlying tissues that result from prolonged pressure on the skin. Bed sores most often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the heel, ankles, hips or buttocks. The most common location is on the sacrum, or tailbone, and if undiscovered and treated can cause serious medical problems.
Residents who are at risk of developing bed sores, are those with a medical condition that limits their ability to change positions, requires them to use a wheelchair or confines them to a bed for prolonged periods. Bed sores can develop quickly and are often difficult to treat. Several care strategies should be implemented to prevent some bedsores and promote healing.
The rehab facility has the same responsibilities as a hospital or nursing home to prevent bed sores and decubitus ulcers on patients. This includes the duty to properly assess a patient’s risk for developing bed sore, create a plan to prevent a sore from developing, and to promptly identify and treat any bed sore that does occur during the admission. In many cases, it is necessary to bring in a wound care specialist to properly treat the condition.
Proper inspection of the skin is required at a rehab facility. If a patient develops, a fever, drainage or foul odor from a sore or increased heat and redness in the surrounding skin, immediate medical care should be provided as these are all signs of infections! The nursing staff and physicians at the rehab center are responsible for the prevention and treatment of bed sores.
When not timely identified or treated, the bed sore can cause serious health problems and lead to death. These sores become infected and cause sepsis, an infection of the blood that can be fatal. The infection can also go down to the bone and result in osteomyelitis, another life threatening condition.
A patient who develops a bed sore in a rehabilitation facility does have legal rights to compensation. These settlements include compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement, and medical expenses. Our lawyers have obtained significant settlements in rehab facility bed sore cases.
If you or a family member suffered from a bed sore or pressure sore in a Michigan rehab facility, contact the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately. Call us now at 800-606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced bed sore lawyers about your case. Call today for your free no obligation case review!