When a medical condition leaves individuals with limited motor function, they may have to rely on others to help them with the everyday activities of living. Many times, this responsibility is put into the hands of medical professionals. If these professionals fail to do their job by not consistently changing a patient’s position in bed, the affected individual may suffer from a serious bed sore.
If you or your loved one has developed a bed sore due to the irresponsibility of another party, it is vital that you report the negligence of the hospital or nursing home. At the first signs of abuse, contact the Lake Geneva medical malpractice lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 1-800-242-2874.
Excessive pressure on the skin is the main cause of bed sores. The pressure must be exerted in the same place for an extended period of time before the ulcer appears. “Pressure sores” can also be caused by friction, when skin is pulled across a rough surface, and shear, which is caused by skin moving in the opposite direction of another surface, such as a bed.
The elderly are particularly susceptible to this condition. Due to their decreased ability to freely move around, they often stay in one position for many hours. This is why many nursing home malpractice lawsuits involve bed sore injuries.
Bed sores are extremely painful. For those young or old, ulcers can have an adverse effect on virtually every aspect of life. If negligence is the source of you or your loved one’s condition, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
Negligence on the part of hospital and nursing home staff can result in serious injuries. These irresponsible professionals should be exposed for their carelessness. Contact a Lake Geneva medical malpractice attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 1-800-242-2874 for a free consultation.