My Dad has Pressure Sores… Now What???

Pressure sores in nursing homes and hospitals are preventable. So what do you do when you see that your loved one has a decubitus ulcer (aka bedsore or pressure sore)?

1. Document the injury

Take photographs of the decubitus ulcer with your phone or a camera. Make sure to document the wound’s progression. Wounds start off as a Stage I, with no breakage of the skin. Pressure sores, if left untreated, can deteriorate to a Stage II, Stage III and eventually a Stage IV.

stage IV heel ulcer

Awful photograph of a Stage 4 Heel Pressure Sore infection

2. Complain Complain Complain

Tell the staff about the skin breakdown you notice on your loved one. Tell the head of the department. Tell the Hospital or Nursing Home supervisor about the decubitus ulcer. These pressure sores are a gateway for disease and infection. The nursing home or hospital must do all in its power to implement pressure relief and heal the bedsore.

3. Contact a qualified Pressure Sore Lawyer

Find a qualified nursing home abuse attorney and file a decubitus ulcer lawsuit. Tell them about your loved one’s case. Show them the photos that you took and the elder neglect that led to the wounds developing. Fill out the case evaluation sheet to your right to see if you have a pressure sore case.

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