Our Michigan nursing home lawyers are experienced with filing lawsuits against nursing homes for neglect due to a resident suffering from pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers are sores caused by prolonged pressure on an area of the body. They are common among the sick, elderly, disabled, and others who have difficultly moving themselves. 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. Many families member of the resident, do not notice these sores until they are very advanced and require surgery. A lawsuit may be brought against the nursing home by the resident and the family members, when these pressure ulcers do occur.
Upon admission and routinely after, the nursing home staff is required to assess a resident’s risk of developing pressure ulcers. Medical conditions, the resident’s mobility, poor nutrition and whether the resident is continent are a few factors that these assessments are constructed upon. When a resident is determined to be a risk for developing a sore, it is mandatory that the nursing home staff develops and implements a plan to both avoid the pressure ulcer from occurring and to treat it at the early stages.
Major Risk Factor For Developing Pressure Ulcers in Michigan Nursing Home
There are many common major risk factors a patient in a Michigan nursing home has 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
Factors That Affect Pressure Ulcers From Healing
A Michigan nursing home should be properly trained to treat a patient when they do in fact suffer from a pressure ulcer. Unfortunately, there are factors that will prevent a pressure ulcer from healing. These factors whether it be the fault of the nursing home staff, such as malnutrition, it can also include the health status of the resident as well. Some of the most common factors that affect healing include:
- Malnutrition and Dehydration
- End – stage renal disease
- Thyroid disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Vasculitis and other collagen vascular disorders
- Immune deficiency states
- Depression and psychosis
- Drug that affect healing
- Contractures at major joints
Lawsuits For Pressure Ulcers in Michigan Nursing Home
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a pressure ulcer, you should contact an experienced nursing home neglect lawyer immediately! The top-rated nursing home neglect 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 and discuss your case with one of the best Michigan nursing home neglect lawyers.