Pressure Sores

Warren, Somerset and Hunterdon County Attorney — Pressure Sores

Do not believe the myths that pressure sores are normal in nursing homes. These painful sores can actually be a clear sign of nursing home abuse. At the Murgatroyd Law Group , our personal injury lawyer and staff have more than 20 years of experience battling for our clients who have suffered from bed sores and elder abuse.

New Jersey personal injury attorney Anthony Murgatroyd is a respected trial lawyer who previously worked as house counsel for a major insurance company. His past experience as an insurance lawyer enables him to know the possible defenses and the ways that the insurance companies will evaluate your nursing home negligence case. Contact our Flemington law firm for more information regarding pressure sores and other types of elder abuse.

Staff Neglect Lawsuits in the Clinton, Washington and Flemington Areas

Bed sores or pressure sores occur when tissue and blood vessels break down because of a failure to properly turn individuals over. Nursing homes have a responsibility to care for people and ensure that these types of injuries do not occur. It is important to ensure that the facility caring for your loved one is doing its job appropriately. We investigate to discover if the care provider was following proper procedures, such as:

  • Assessing the risk that the patient will be prone to bed sores
  • Properly bathing patients
  • Maintaining individuals' nutrition and water intake
  • Using appropriate support devices
  • Properly moving the individual to prevent bed sores

Each individual has a unique set of risk factors for developing pressure sores and these risks need to be taken into account. If your loved one has been the victim of pressure sores or other unexplained injuries, we will work with you to ensure you and your family are compensated for your damages.

Bed Sore Prevention in New Jersey

Bed sores can and should be avoided by nursing homes. You can follow up with the care providers to ensure that doctors' orders are being followed. Constantly make visual observations of your loved one during visits and be sure to ask important questions such as how often they are turning the individual.

Most pressure sores can be prevented, and those which have formed need not necessarily get worse. Each patient's individual circumstances must be taken into consideration by the caregiver in order to develop a plan of care which will best assure that the patient will not unnecessarily suffer from a pressure sore. The following generally represent some of the precautions which health care providers should, but too often fail to undertake:

1. An appropriate and thorough and systematic assessment must be made of the patient's risk for developing a pressure sore;

2. Appropriate periodic reassessment should be made of the patient's risk;

3. The patient should be bathed appropriately;

4. The patient's incontinence should be assessed and treated to assure that moisture on the skin does not contribute to the development of a pressure sore;

5. Appropriate nutrition and hydration must be maintained;

6. Repositioning of the patient should occur with a frequency to assure that the pressure is adequately relieved;

7. Use of appropriate support devices should be maintained to relieve pressure from troublesome areas;

8. Postural alignment, distribution of weight, balance and stability, and pressure relief should be considered when positioning persons in chairs or wheelchairs;

9. Appropriate lifting devices and techniques should be used to assure that shear and friction related injuries are avoided;

10. Education should be given to the patient, family, and caregivers on measures to be taken to avoid pressure sores, and appropriate documentation of such measures.

It is essential that healthcare providers take into account each individual's own unique set of risk factors in developing a plan of care for the patient. Every individual is different, has different risk factors, and thus requires a customized plan of care.

If you believe that a nursing home may have failed to develop and implement a plan of care which incorporated these critical precautions that led to the development of one or more pressure sores, or the nursing home allowed pressure sores to develop into an uncontrolled problem, call the experienced Hunterdon County nursing home team at the Murgatroyd Law Group for help.

Contact Us for More Information on Pressure Sores

In addition to our main office in Flemington, Hunterdon County, our firm also has convenient office locations in Somerset County and Warren County. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a nursing home, we will assist you to recover for your losses. Contact our New Jersey law firm for a free consultation.