Bedsores

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Bedsores, commonly known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, are a graphic sign of poor care by the staff at medical and other long-term care facilities. The development of bedsores is all too common throughout Ohio’s nursing homes, hospitals, and other assisted living facilities. If you think that a family member has developed bedsores while in another’s care, we invite you to contact the personal injury attorneys at Rinehardt Law Firm and let us fight for you. Our attorneys will fight hard to ensure that your loved one receives rightful compensation.

According to Mayo Clinic, bedsores are injuries to skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin. Bedsores most often develop on skin around bony areas of the body such as the heels, ankles, hips, shoulder blades and spine, back of the head, and tailbone. Three primary contributing factors for bedsores are: pressure, friction, and shear.

  • Constant pressure on any part of the body can lessen the blood flow to tissues, and blood flow is essential to delivering oxygen and other nutrients to tissues. Without these essential nutrients, skin and tissues die, causing a wound to develop. For people with limited mobility, this can happen in areas that aren’t well-padded with muscle or fat and that lie over a bone, such as the spine, tailbone, heels, etc.
  • Friction occurs when the skin rubs against clothing or bedding, making skin more vulnerable to injury.
  • Shear occurs when two surfaces move in the opposite direction. For example, when a bed is elevated at one end of the body, you can slide down in the bed. As the tailbone moves down, the skin over the bone may stay in place, pulling in the opposite direction.

Bedsores can develop extremely quickly (sometimes within two hours) and, likely, will heal with treatment, though some will never heal completely.

Bedsores are most prevalent among older patient populations, especially those affected by some degree of immobility or disability. In these cases, the patient sustains a bedsore from their body weight on a point of contact. Any bedsore present on an elderly patient or resident in a nursing home warrants immediate medical attention and future ongoing monitoring. Despite the fact that healthcare facilities have an obligation to provide quality medical care to each patient, more than 2.5 million patients are affected by bedsores each year across the United States, and up to 60,000 patients die as a direct result of bedsores. Bedsores are extremely painful and can lead to serious and life-threatening complications including: wound infection, sepsis, osteomyelitis, gangrene, amputations, and death.

The personal injury attorneys at Rinehardt Law Firm will hold the medical care facilities responsible for your loved one’s injuries. The most common contributing factors to bedsores are failing to change the patient’s position throughout the day, leaving the patient in soiled clothes/diapers/bed linens, failing to routinely monitor patients, and failing to intervene after detecting bedsores. Rinehardt Law Firm’s attorneys will always work hard to ensure rightful compensation in the case of injury or death due to third party negligence.

Bedsores Attorneys in Columbus, Ohio

Rinehardt Law Firm is the answer to your personal injury. Our team of attorneys and case managers have represented clients in in Mansfield and throughout central and north central Ohio for years. With every new client, we treat them as if they were part of our family by providing clear communication, building a strong relationship, and using our experience to provide legal guidance that’s in their best interests. We offer free consultations with no obligation, so don’t hesitate to contact our team about your legal matter.