Pressure ulcers, commonly known as bedsores, are lesions in the skin caused by sustained pressure on one part of the body. People who are bed-bound for long periods of time, such as long-term hospital patients, must change position regularly to avoid putting pressure on any single point for too long. If they do not, restricted blood flow to that area can cause tissue death and lesions in the skin.
If you or someone you love developed bedsores while staying in a nursing home or hospital, you may be a victim of medical malpractice. The Champaign medical negligence attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C. can help you learn about your rights and take steps to protect them. Call us today at (217) 328-2828.
Consequences of Bed Sores
Although the word “ulcer” is commonly used to refer to damage to the lining of the stomach, doctors use it to refer to any break in the protective outer layer of a body part. In the case of bedsores, loss of blood flow causes the skin to die and decay at the point of pressure. This leaves a hole of rotting tissue in the skin which cannot heal.
Bedsores are easily prevented by helping immobile patients change position and checking their bodies for sores. Bedsores that are discovered early can be completely treated. But if a bedsore is left unchecked, it will steadily grow and lead to dangerous infections. Even in hospitals and nursing homes, bedsores that have gone unnoticed are sometimes fatal.
If you or someone you love has suffered from untreated bed sores, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party responsible. To discuss your case with an experienced Champaign medical malpractice lawyer, contact the compassionate lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. today at (217) 328-2828.