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Phoenix Bed Sores Lawyer

For many Phoenix, AZ nursing home residents, daily life is far from active. For residents confined to bed or a wheelchair for long periods, the risk of developing bed sores is considerable. Unfortunately, the most important statement about decubitus ulcers when it comes to holding a nursing home or similar facility liable for allowing a resident to develop them is “you can prevent them a lot more easily than you can treat them.” The second most important is “the sooner you catch them, the easier the treatment.” If your loved one is suffering from neglect, contact our Phoenix bed sores attorneys.

How Can I File a Claim for Bed Sores in Phoenix?

Bed sores—also known as pressure sores—are injuries to skin and the tissues beneath the skin, from friction and prolonged pressure, which disrupts the blood supply. Our attorneys understand that this is caused by common negligence by caretakers. Elderly patients who remain in the same position for long periods experience great pressure on the parts of their bodies that are in contact with the surface of the bed or chair.

Claims against nursing homes for bed sore injuries can be remarkably complicated. Evidence of the improper care needs to be carefully assembled, and decisions have to be made about which people and which businesses should be held responsible and exactly what damages were suffered as a result of the improper care.

The reality is that decubitus ulcers can be prevented by diligence and attention to the residents at risk for them. But that reality too often conflicts with the reality of nursing homes understaffed by people poorly trained and paid very low wages. The nursing home won’t be held accountable without the help of a Phoenix bed sores lawyer, so it is important to seek consultation if you or a loved one has fallen a victim of bed sores or any other injuries resulting from nursing home neglect.

What Causes Bed Sores?

Our Phoenix bed sores attorneys recognize that pressure sores are caused by numerous events, all stemmed from negligent care by the caregiver. These include:

  • Pressure from a hard surface (such as a bed or wheelchair)
  • Pressure placed on the skin from involuntary muscle movements (such as muscle spasms)
  • Moisture which can breakdown the outer layer of skin (epidermis)

Understanding Bed Sores & Decubitus Ulcers

If sores are discovered early, only the outer skin superficial fatty tissues will be involved. At that stage, the sores can be treated relatively easily, mostly with care. Even at this stage though, a resident already in poor health is exposed to additional discomfort, pain, and itching.

The longer the sores go undetected, the more tissues will be involved. Treatment is likely to be surgical if muscle and bone are affected. The consequences can be catastrophic in the most advanced cases:

How Are Bed Sores Prevented?

The risk of bed sores in Phoenix, AZ nursing homes is well known. The facility should be aware of each resident’s mobility or immobility, and the bed sore risk that entails, and have a care plan in place to prevent pressure sores. The staff should be properly trained to:

  • Prevent decubitus ulcers by changing the residents’ positions often
  • Spot bed sores early when they do develop (staff needs to know what a developing sore looks like and which areas of the body to check frequently)
  • Report the presence of pressure sores to the proper medical authority
  • Record the presence of the sores in the patient’s record
  • Carry out the treatment of the sores
  • Monitor whether the sores are responding to treatment
  • Report and record the progress

Arizona Laws Against Bed Sores & Improper Care

In Arizona, nursing home residents who suffered pressure sores due to the facility’s improper care can sue for damages under the Adult Protective Services Act (APSA). If successful, the law allows recovery of all damages that resulted from the improper care, as well as the possibility of punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.

Most Phoenix, AZ resting homes are also subject to the standards of care prescribed by the federal Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA). That law has a specific requirement that the facility prevent residents from developing decubitus ulcers and that sores b properly cared for if they do develop.

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Phoenix elder abuse attorney at the law firm of Knapp & Roberts has been through these cases many times before and can help you make the right decisions in the shortest amount of time. We don’t charge for consultations or for handling the case unless we succeed in settling or winning in court. Call us today for a free consultation about your case. Our experienced Phoenix bed sores lawyers provide experience, compassion, integrity, and personal attention to every client and every case.

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