Michigan Bed Sore Lawyers
Our Michigan nursing home lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. handle neglect cases arising from bedsores or pressure sores in nursing home patients. Upon admission to the nursing home and throughout the admission, the nursing home staff is required to assess a resident’s risk of developing bedsores. With proper care and monitoring, bedsores should either be prevented or timely diagnosed so that prompt treatment can be administered. Patients who suffer from bedsores in nursing homes or assisted living centers in Michigan do have legal rights. Nursing homes can be negligent if they do not properly assess the patient for the likelihood of developing a bed sore, if they do not turn the patient on a regular schedule or do not bathe the patient on a regular schedule, and finally, if they do not treat the patient after the diagnosis of a bedsore.
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, is one of the most common signs of nursing home neglect. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 1 out of 10 residents in nursing homes have a bedsore. With proper care and monitoring, bedsores should either be prevented or timely diagnosed so that prompt treatment can be administered. Nursing home lawsuits arise against facilities when patients are not properly treated or when a delay in treatment causes the condition to become much worse.
Bedsores often occur in persons who cannot move around easily. The skin and tissue underneath bread down from continued pressure and poor circulation. When the skin breaks down, it becomes red. Open sores develop after the skin changes. In severe cases, the bedsores causes destruction of muscle or even bone underneath the skin.
Bedsores are classified by stages based upon the physical characteristics of the wound. Stage 4 bedsores are the most serious level of pressure sores. Our Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. attorneys advise all victims of nursing home abuse to document all aspects of their injuries via photographs. Not only do you want to photograph the bedsore itself but also the progression of it as well. Bedsores or pressure sores can develop quickly so it is very important to document the progression on a daily basis.
As a patient you have the right to request to photograph or videotape your injuries. A nursing home staff member does not have legal basis to not allow you to do so.
Michigan nursing homes can be negligent if they do not properly assess the patient for the likelihood of developing a bed sore, if they do not turn the patient on a regular schedule or do not bathe the patient on a regular schedule, and finally, if they do not properly treat the patient after the diagnosis of a bedsore.
Patients who suffer bedsores and pressure sores at a nursing home or in other medical care facilities do have legal rights to sue the Michigan nursing home. These injuries and conditions are completely preventable with proper nursing practices and medical supervision. Patients, or their family members, should contact the nursing home neglect lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately to determine their legal rights for bedsore injuries. Call our office now at (800) 606-1717. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and prove your case.
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