About 10 percent of all nursing home residents in the U.S. are currently plagued with bed sores, and about 25 percent of all nursing home residents in the U.S. will, at some point, develop bed sores, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bed sores are unsightly skin problems that are one of the most common signs of nursing home abuse. Also referred to as pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, bed sores arise when people remain sedentary for extended periods of time, putting excessive pressure on areas of the body where the underlying bones are near the skin’s surface. This means that bed sores most commonly develop on the hips, back, elbows, ankles and heels and that, when bed sores start to become visible, a person has likely been neglected (because he or she has not been moved in quite a while).
In addition to remaining sedentary, other factors that can contribute to the development of bed sores include (but are not limited to):
- Prolonged moisture on the skin, which can result from unchanged diapers or wet sheets
- Malnutrition, which can result when a person is unable to feed him- or herself
- Immobility due to physical impairments or a diminished mental capacity.
If you have noticed that your loved one in a nursing home has developed bed sores, it’s crucial that you consult with the St. Louis nursing home abuse lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law.
St. Louis Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers and Lawsuits
The St. Louis nursing home abuse lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in nursing home abuse cases, catastrophic injury cases, traffic accident cases, workers’ compensation cases, wrongful death cases, defective product and dangerous drug cases and various other areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
If you have noticed bed sores on your elderly loved one and suspect that (s)he may be the victim of nursing home abuse, our Missouri and Illinois nursing home abuse lawyers encourage you to email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. We offer free consultations.