Holding Hospitals and Nursing Homes Accountable
When patients are confined to their beds in hospitals and nursing homes, they are at a high risk of developing bedsores, also known as decubitus ulcers. If these are not treated promptly and effectively, they can cause permanent damage and may even result in fatal infections.
At the law firm of Furr & Henshaw, with offices in Myrtle Beach and Columbia, our South Carolina bedsore attorneys have decades of experience helping clients statewide hold negligent medical providers accountable and pursue fair compensation for the harm done to them.
Seeking Compensation for Harm Caused by Bedsores
Bedsores occur when a bedridden patient stays in one position for so long that one or more parts of his are her body are in a constant state of pressure with the bed. There are several steps that medical staff can take to avoid serious bedsores, including the following:
- Properly identify at-risk patients.
- Properly position patients on appropriate beds with proper padding.
- Turn bedridden patients a minimum of once every two hours.
- Remove dead tissue from bedsores before they get worse.
Bedsores are particularly common in intensive care units (ICUs) because medical staff are so focused on their patients' primary conditions that they may fail to pay appropriate attention to skin care. Bedsores are also a major consequence of understaffing in nursing homes.
Contact Our Columbia and Myrtle Beach Hospital Negligence Lawyers
If someone close to you has suffered serious harm or has died as a result of a bedsore, we may be able to help you bring a malpractice claim. Contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. You will not pay any attorneys fees unless we recover damages in your case.