Can bedsores be life threatening?


Bedsores form when there is pressure against the skin that limits the flow of blood. These injuries may be caused by the negligence or intentional actions of another individual, such as a doctor, or entity, such as a nursing home. Left untreated, bedsores can become extremely serious, leading to excruciating pain, or even death. That’s why it’s important to call a bedsore lawyer if you or a loved one suffered severe injury or even death from bedsore neglect.

If your loved one has recently passed away due to a bedsore, call a nursing home injury lawyer at Zinda Law Group as soon as possible. We are available to our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and have the knowledge and resources necessary to answer any questions you may have regarding your specific bedsore death case. When you contact Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312, your initial consultation is 100% free, and you will not pay us a cent unless we are successful in wining your case.

bedsore faqs

If your loved one has suffered injury or death due to bedsores, you may be left with questions on how the injuries occurred, who may be at fault, and whether you will be able to get compensation for your loved one’s emotional or financial losses. Below are the answers to some bedsore FAQs:

What Are Bedsores?

Bedsores, otherwise known as pressure or decubitus ulcers, are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue of an individual. These injuries are the result of prolonged pressure on the skin; people in nursing homes or hospitals are at the highest risk for their development. Unfortunately, these injuries are not uncommon and may develop over the span of a few days or even within a couple of hours.

What Are the Symptoms and Common Sites of Bedsores?

There are certain signs and symptoms that you may need to be aware of if you suspect you or your loved one may have a bedsore. 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

There are also common sites for bedsores to occur; these injuries are more likely to appear on the skin that covers bony areas of the body. For instance, individuals who use wheelchairs are more likely to have bedsores on their tailbone, shoulder blades, spine, and the back of their arms and legs where they rest against the chair. Those individuals who need to stay in bed may see these pressure ulcers on the back of their head, shoulder blades, hips, heels, and ankles.

If you notice the warning signs of a bedsore on your loved one, it may be an indication of nursing home neglect. You should first seek immediate medical care, especially if there are signs of infection or drainage from the wound. Next, you should contact one of our experienced bedsore injury lawyers at Zinda Law Group because our team has the resources and ability to determine who is at fault for the neglect of your loved one.

What Are the Causes of Bedsores?

Bedsores may arise when there is limited blood flow to the skin due to external pressures. This often occurs when there is limited movement, which can make the patient’s skin vulnerable to damage. There are three main factors that may contribute to bedsores, including:

  • Pressure. Those individuals with limited mobility may suffer from constant pressure on any body part that is not padded with muscle or fat, such as the hips. The continual pressure on the same part of the body may lessen essential blood flow to tissue, causing damage and eventually killing the tissue, causing bedsores.
  • Friction. Bedsores may also occur when an individual’s skin rubs against clothing or bedding, causing friction.
  • Shear. Shear injuries arise when two surfaces move in opposite directions. For instance, if the patient slides down in bed, his or her tail bone may move down while the skin over the bone stays in place.

Any of these causes may occur if a healthcare professional is negligent in the care of their patients. If you believe you or your loved one’s bedsores were caused by another person or entity’s negligence, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. We have the ability to negotiate with insurance companies to get you the compensation you or your loved one deserves.

Can You Die from a Bedsore?

Bedsores are extremely painful and can impede a patient’s return to full functioning. In addition, it has been shown that the length of hospitalizations for bedsores are nearly three times longer than hospitalizations without the diagnosis of a bedsore. These injuries affect an estimated three million individuals in the United States each year; with such high numbers of affected patients, it should come as no shock that some bedsores may cause fatality.

There are four different stages of a pressure injury:

1. Stage one ulcers are characterized by reddening skin that may be warm to the touch; if properly treated, stage one ulcers can usually be resolved within three to four days.

2. Stage two injuries are diagnosed when the skin breaks open, which may resemble a popped blister; properly treated stage two ulcers may take up to three weeks to resolve.

3. Stage three ulcers are demonstrated by a lesion that may form a small crater. At this stage, the ulcer may lead to infections and serious complications, such as sepsis; aggressive treatment is a must and may need to be continued for 1 to 4 months.

4. Stage four pressure ulcers occur when there is damage to deep tendons, nerves, and joints. This injury may expose the patient’s muscle and bones. Unfortunately, the mortality rate for elderly people with stage four pressure ulcers may be as high as 60%.

Sadly, the answer to the question of whether you can die from a bedsore is “yes.” If your loved one suffered from a bedsore and was left untreated, you may need to contact an injury lawyer to fight on his or her behalf. An experienced injury attorney at Zinda Law Group can help you determine who was at fault for your loved one’s injuries or unfortunate death.

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

If your loved one was injured or died as a result of an 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. In order to sue, 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, as a result of the breach of duty of care.

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, and fight for you in front of a judge if a settlement cannot be made. Contact our team today to discuss your potential case.

are there any personal injury lawyers near me?

If your loved one has passed away due to the negligence of a nursing home employee or other healthcare professional, you may be left confused; once the initial shock has passed, you may finally have time to wonder whether or not there is a nursing home injury attorney near you. Fortunately, Zinda Law Group has offices nationwide and may be able to help you and your family wherever you are. Below are just some of the cities where our team has offices:

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Aurora, Colorado
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Miami, Florida
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Austin, Texas
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • Round Rock, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Waco, Texas

If your family member has been injured or died due to a bedsore, contact a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today. We are nationwide and may be available in your area to answer any questions that you have regarding your potential case.

Contact one of our zinda law group bedsore injury lawyers TODAY to discuss your unique case

Bedsores can become very serious, potentially causing substantial harm or even death if left untreated. These injuries may occur in a number of different ways and may be an indication of patient neglect. One of our experienced bedsore injury lawyers may be able to get you or your loved one compensation for any physical or emotional damages suffered due to the negligence or intentional actions of another person or entity who had the responsibility of caring for his or her physical wellbeing.

Our team at Zinda Law Group is here to help you and your family through this difficult 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. Contact us today at (800) 863-5312 to schedule your 100% free initial consultation and to discuss your case. As always, you will not pay us anything unless we are successful in winning your case; that is our “No Win, No Fee Guarantee.”

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