Symptoms of Bed Sores

As individuals grow older, loss of motor skills and muscle mass causes them to live more sedentary lifestyles. In nursing homes, these sedentary lifestyles often dictate that residents spend many uninterrupted hours lying in a bed or sitting in a chair. An elderly patient residing in an assisted living facility may be unable to move themselves and, instead, rely on the care of nursing home staff members. When staff is not attentive to their patients, bed sores can appear and cause significant pain to the elderly patients in their care.

Bed sores, or pressure sores, occur when there is sustained pressure on parts of the skin. This is often caused by inactivity or lack of oxygen to that part of the body. Bed sores are painful and can cause permanent damage to the skin and surrounding deep tissue. Some bed sores progress to such a severe state that patients may require surgery.

Signs of Bed Sores in Nursing Homes

Bed sores can be hard to diagnosis because they lie on the underside or covered part of a person. Because bed sores are not immediately noticeable, it is important to actively check for them when you believe that your loved one is being neglected or abused at a nursing home institution. Common symptoms to look for include:

  • Discolored skin
  • Loss of skin
  • Blisters
  • Damage to deep tissue

Negligent nursing homes are dangerous facilities that should be held accountable for the injuries they cause to residents.

Contact a Nursing Home Negligence Attorney in Dallas

If your loved one was injured or accrued bed sores while under the care of staff at a nursing or assisted living facility, contact the nursing home negligence lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. Our legal team in Dallas will work diligently to ensure that your loved one is properly cared for and his or her rights are protected. Call (214) 457-1668 today to discuss your legal options for dealing with this abuse.

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