Can Bedsores Lead To Death?

Last updated on: September 5, 2022

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Bedsores are caused by pressure against the skin that restricts blood flow. The neglect of another person, such as a doctor or nurse, is often to blame for these injuries. If your loved one died from bedsores, contact a Zinda Law Group bedsore accident attorney as soon as possible.

Bedsores ordinarily develop when immobile patients are not properly rotated in their beds. When the neglect of the attending staff causes their patients to have bedsores, the patient can file a claim against the hospital or nursing facility that caused their injuries. For a 100% free consultation with an experienced bedsore accident attorney call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 today.

What Are Bedsores?

A bedsore is an injury to the skin and underlying tissue. In the medical community, bedsores are sometimes referred to as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers. These injuries occur from prolonged pressure on the skin.

The people most at risk of bedsores are usually dealing with a debilitating medical condition. Such conditions often limit one’s ability to change positions in bed and thereby necessitate constant medical attention. When proper attention is not given to the patient, bedsores can develop over hours or days.

How Are Bedsores Treated?

To successfully treat pressure ulcers, the damaged skin must be relieved of pressure while also providing pain management, infection control, and nutritional support to the patient. Bedsores that are treated quickly usually heal, however, some bedsores never heal completely. If bedsores fail to heal, it may require surgical repair.

Surgical and reconstructive treatment is most often required in cases where bedsores become infected. To remedy the infection a doctor will determine the layer of skin to which the wound extends and then remove dead or infected tissue.

What Happens to Untreated Bedsores?

Bedsores that are left untreated often lead to cracks in the skin and infection of the area. In the worst of cases, bedsores can become so deep that they extend to the muscle and bone. If the infection reaches the bone, the bone may have to be removed to give the remaining tissue the best chance to heal.

Healthcare professionals should carefully document bedsores and monitor them closely, because when that is not done, the patient may experience extreme pain. Proper documentation and attention to the patient can reduce the potential impact of bedsores. Patients who are properly treated have a lower risk for infection and require much less time for bed rest.

Can Bedsores Lead To Death?

In most cases, patients with bedsores have positive outcomes. However, positive outcomes are usually attributable to prompt diagnosis and treatment. According to the John Hopkins School of Medicine, the likelihood of developing fatal bedsore increases the longer a patient waits for treatment.

Even if bedsores do not become infected, lack of treatment may impede healing and lead to chronic injury. Complications that stem from neglect during treatment can lead to death. Along with infection, potentially fatal complications include sepsis and cellulitis.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your loved one has suffered injury or death due to bedsores, you may be left with questions as to why the bedsores occurred, who may be at fault, and whether you will be able to get compensation for your loved one’s emotional or financial losses. While each situation is different, some commonly asked questions are addressed below:

When Should I Be Worried About Bedsores?

There are certain signs and symptoms that you may need to be aware of if you suspect you or your loved one is suffering from bedsores. Below are examples of common warning signs of bedsores:

  • Unusual changes in skin color or skin texture
  • Tender or swelling skin
  • Pus-like drainage
  • Skin that feels cooler or warmer to the touch

Additionally, there are common sites for bedsores to occur. These injuries are more likely to appear on the skin covering bony areas of the body. For example, individuals who use wheelchairs are more likely to have bedsores on their tailbone, shoulder blades, spine, arms, and legs where they rest against the chair.

Can I Sue If My Loved One Dies from a Bedsore?

If your loved one was injured or died because of untreated bedsore, you may be able to sue the individual or entity responsible; however, it is important to remember that not all injuries are the cause of negligence. To file a lawsuit, the following statements must be proven true:

  •     There existed a duty of care between the patient and the healthcare professional.
  •     The healthcare professional breached that duty of care.
  •     The patient was injured, or died, because of the breach.

The Zinda Law Group wrongful death attorneys are experienced in cases involving negligence. If your loved one has suffered from a pressure injury death, you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering or financial losses of the decedent. One of our experienced bedsore injury lawyers can help investigate your case, determine fault, negotiate a settlement, and fight for you in a court of law.

Get Help From Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyers

When bedsores are left untreated, they can cause substantial harm or even death. These injuries occur in several ways, but most often are the result of patient neglect. If your loved one is suffering because of bedsores or has died while under the care of another, you may be able to file a claim against the person or entity that is responsible.

At Zinda Law Group, our team is here to listen to the facts of your case and determine how we can help you at this time. We have the knowledge and ability to guide you through each step of the legal process, from the initial investigation to the final judgment. To schedule your 100% free consultation with an experienced bedsore injury attorney, contact us today at (800) 863-5312.

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