Pressure Ulcers & Bedsores
Pressure ulcers, or bedsores, are areas of injured skin and tissue caused by sitting or lying in one position for too long. The constant pressure on the skin and tissue reduces the blood supply under the skin and ultimately causing a bedsore. Pressure sores, also called pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, can rapidly become serious.
When is a bedsore the result of medical malpractice?
The trial attorneys at Ury & Moskow have extensive experience in cases where bedsores resulted from nursing home neglect, the negligence of a home care provider, or hospital negligence. Below is more information about pressure sores. If someone you know is suffering from a pressure ulcer, please feel free to contact our Fairfield, Connecticut, or Washington, DC, office to arrange a free consultation and case evaluation with a lawyer with the appropriate experience.
Preventive measures to protect against the development of pressure sores include regularly turning a patient in bed, providing an airbed or cushion, and frequent examinations to identify any early stage bedsores. A stage one pressure sore may look like a small red sore. The red spot can also feel warm to the touch. If neglected the sore may progress as far as stage four, where the sore has gone through the muscle to the bone. A stage two, three, or four bed sore can become infected and cause serious illness or death.
Pressure sores most often occur in people who are bed bound or confined to a wheelchair. Chronic diseases such as diabetes and hardening of the arteries make it hard for pressure sores to heal because of poor circulation which reduces blood flow. Bed sores usually develop over bony parts of the body, such as the heels, the hips, and the back of the head.
Because pressure sores often occur in people who can’t move, they are often the result of negligence by medical providers. Once a bed sore develops, further injury can occur if it is not treated properly. If a pressure sore becomes infected, the infection can spread to the rest of the body. It can lead to permanent loss of skin, scarring, or even death.
Our personal injury trial lawyers have recovered substantial verdicts and settlements through litigation and out-of-court negotiations for people who suffered from pressure ulcers and bed sores that were caused by negligence. Our experienced attorneys work with nationally recognized medical experts to successfully resolve medical malpractice cases for clients in Norwalk, Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Danbury, Waterbury, all of Connecticut, and in New York and Washington, DC. At Ury & Moskow, lawyers and staff provide personal attention and legal sophistication to secure compensation on behalf of those injured by the negligence of medical professionals. We understand that it may be impossible to completely restore the damage and loss in these situations, but we will vigorously pursue a resolution that will compensate you to the full extent available under the law.
Contact a Connecticut medical malpractice attorney at Ury & Moskow today for a free consultation and case review. Like other medical malpractice cases those involving pressure sores are taken on a contingency basis, meaning there are no fees until we recover compensation for your injuries and you owe no attorneys’ fees at all if you do not successfully recover on your claim.