In most cases, bedsores & pressure ulcers are entirely preventable, albeit very painful medical conditions. Typically, patients in nursing homes or hospitals who haven’t been moved in a long time will develop them. If your loved one has developed pressure ulcers and you suspect he or she is a victim of malpractice or abuse, you can turn to a Houston, Texas bedsores & pressure ulcers lawyer from Davis & Davis to fight for the justice you deserve. Contact us today to learn about how we can help.
Did a Hospital or Care Facility Fail to Prevent Bedsores or Pressure Ulcers? Our Houston, Texas Lawyer Can Help.
If you or your loved one developed a pressure ulcer while in the care of a hospital, rehabilitation center, or another type of care facility, experts say this was very likely the result of someone’s negligence. A medical provider, a caregiver, a caregiving organization, or the institutional management may have failed in one or more of these ways:
- If the person was immobile, responsible employees failed to turn him or her often enough and/or use a mattress device to prevent bedsores.
- Nurses and/or care staff failed to monitor for changes to the skin that could indicate a pressure ulcer.
- A doctor or nurse failed to correctly diagnose a pressure ulcer in a timely manner.
- The care staff failed to take immediate remedial measures in the early stages of developing the bedsores.
- The institution did not train staff adequately on ways to prevent pressure ulcers.
- Caregivers did not keep sheets and other materials next to the skin clean and dry.
A pressure ulcer, a decubitis ulcer, and a bedsore are all terms used to describe the same type of skin injury. In the early stages of a developing bedsore, the skin may be bruised or reddened. Ongoing neglect may allow it to develop an infection, possibly leading to sepsis, which can be fatal.
What to Do if Your Loved One Has Developed Bedsores?
As soon as you suspect your loved one has bedsores, you will naturally want to speak with a nurse or another responsible care provider. At the same time, you will want to understand the injured person’s legal rights (and/or family members’ rights). If the wound is more advanced, your case may be more urgent and you should seek legal counsel without delay. Our Houston, Texas bedsores & pressure ulcers lawyer can assist you today.
No Recovery, No Fees
At Davis & Davis, Attorneys at Law, we offer free initial consultations for any suspected medical or nursing home malpractice occurring in hospitals and other care facilities. We have helped many clients recover compensation following such traumas. We will advise and represent you or your loved one on a contingency basis. You may also want to ensure accountability for the institution beyond financial justice. We have handled numerous nursing home and medical malpractice cases that included remedial action requirements.
Contact a Bedsores & Pressure Ulcers Lawyer Today
The bottom line is that the negligence of a care facility that led to your loved one developing bedsores or pressure ulcers should not go unaccounted for. Our firm is here to help you. To schedule a consultation, contact us online today. Our case evaluations are free, and we are prepared to fight for the justice you and your loved one deserve.