Offering care to individuals who are bedridden can be incredibly complicated. In addition to all of the ongoing treatments that such individuals need to receive, it’s vital that they be moved on a regular basis in order to ensure that they do not develop bedsores. While bedsores may not seem like a big deal, you’d know otherwise if you’ve ever had them. In addition to being incredibly painful, bedsores have the possibility of creating further medical complications in already infirmed individuals that can in many cases be life threatening. While the development of mild bedsores may be unavoidable in certain situations, severe bedsores are most often a sign of neglect on the part of the person or persons providing care. In these instances, a bedsore attorney should be consulted in order to bring neglectful caregivers to task.
What Are Bedsores?
Bedsores, which are also known as pressure ulcers, develop when pressure is applied to skin over a significant period of time, which can vary from individual to individual. In their mildest form, they will simply go away on their own, provided that the individual suffering from them changes their position in order to relieve pressure. However, if those bedsores are allowed to persist, they will grow much worse, creating deep wounds that are at a high likelihood for becoming infected. It is important to note that while they’re called bedsores, they can be suffered by any individual who remains in one set position for a prolonged period of time. For this reason, bedsores can also develop in people who are wheelchair bound.
Who Is At Risk for Bedsores?
Anyone who must remain in bed for a significant period of time is at risk for developing bedsores. Commonly, these are seen in hospitals, where patients recovering from surgery or from serious injuries are prevented from leaving their beds. Provided that these individuals are moved on a frequent basis by those who are responsible for their care, significant bedsores should not be able to develop. But, if a person is left in a lying down position for too long, they will develop, and they will only get worse if the neglect persists.
Those who receive care in their own homes are susceptible to bedsores, particularly elderly individuals. Personal caregivers who visit the elderly in their homes, in addition to providing other forms of care, should make sure that those under their watch are not developing bedsores through immobility. If they do not and bedsores are allowed to develop, this may be a sign of neglectful care in other areas as well.
What Do I Do If I’ve Suffered Bedsores Due to Negligent Care?
If you or someone you know has suffered from bedsores due to negligent care that was provided, it’s important to know that you have options. A qualified bedsore attorney can review the facts of your case, and then pursue civil action against the party or parties that were neglectful. Through such civil action, bedsore victims are able to recover damages and compensation, which may be wholly necessary for dealing the medical bills associated with treating the bedsores themselves and any medical complications that arose from them.
Contact the Bedsore Attorneys at Heavens Law Today
At Heavens Law, we have a team of bedsore attorneys who specialize in handling these cases. If you or someone you love has suffered from bedsores due to neglect, then get in touch with us right away by calling 1-800-HEAV-LAW. One of our attorneys will offer you a free consultation and will review the circumstances of your case. After this, we will make recommendations as to how best to pursue civil action against those whose neglect caused injury to you.