Bedsores (Decubitus Ulcers)
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.
The attorneys at Furr & Henshaw have decades of experience helping clients throughout South Carolina hold negligent medical providers accountable and pursue fair compensation for any harm done to them. From our office in Myrtle Beach , we serve in nearly every county within the state.
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.
Legal Support When You Need It Most
If someone close to you has suffered serious harm as a result of bedsores, 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.