Our Michigan medical negligence lawyers have significant experience in filing lawsuits against hospital, rehabilitation facilities, and nursing homes for patients who have suffered a pressure ulcer, also known as a bed sore. Pressure ulcers are completely avoidable with proper screening, care, and treatment even though some residents are at high risk for pressure sores due to their medical condition. A lawsuit may be brought against the medical facility when these pressure ulcers do occur.
Pressure ulcers are categorized in stages, ranging from Stage I to Stage IV. There are also certain bed sores that are classified as “unstageable” based upon their appearance and characteristics. An unstageable pressure ulcer has gull thickness skin or tissue loss with unknown depth. Full thickness tissue loss is when the actual depth of the ulcer is completely obscured by slough (yellow, tan, gray, green or brown) and/or eschar (tan, brown or black) in the wound bed. Until the slough and eschar are removed to expose the base of the wound, the true depth cannot be determined. However, it will typically be either a Stage III or IV ulcer.
The medical staff is required to assess a patient’s risk of developing pressure ulcers. A number of medical conditions are considered in this assessment, including the resident’s mobility, nutrition and whether the patient is continent. When a patient is determined to be a risk for developing a sore, it is mandatory that the staff develops and implements a plan to both avoid the pressure ulcer from occurring and to treat it at the early stages.
There are many common major risk factors a patient in a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation facility for developing pressure ulcers. These major rick factors include:
- Degenerative neurologic disease
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Central nervous system (CNS) injury
- Drugs that adversely affect alertness
- Neurologic disease/injury
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to an unstageable pressure ulcer, you should contact an experienced medical negligence lawyers immediately! The top-rated attorneys of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent clients under our No Fee Promise and handle these types of cases regularly. Call our office today at (800) 606-1717 to learn your legal rights.