Bed sores are incredibly painful—and oftentimes totally preventable, especially in a hospital setting. Bed sores occur through prolonged pressure on the skin at a single location, such as when a hospital patient lies in one position in a bed without moving or being moved around. Even comatose patients can avoid receiving bed sores by receiving proper treatment from caregivers.
Unfortunately, bed sores still happen, because caregivers fail to provide an appropriate level of care. If you or a loved one have been neglected during a stay in the hospital in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Beaufort, Columbia, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, or Florence, leading to painful bed sores, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Hughey Law Firm today at (843) 881-8644 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we may be able to help.
At Hughey Law Firm, we have extensive experience representing clients in medical malpractice matters, including cases of negligence that led to bed sores. Our compassionate, caring attorneys understand that bed sores are extremely painful, and we aim to make sure our clients receive the support they need. In many cases, we have been able to achieve significant settlements for our clients who have sustained bed sores.
Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, occur through prolonged pressure on an area skin. They start with changes in the color and texture at a location where the skin is under pressure. The location of the sore initially shows swelling, pus-like draining, or overall tenderness, but it doesn’t take long for that tenderness to develop into an open sore, particularly on bony areas of the body like the tailbone, heels, ankles, and hips.
Bed sores are most likely to occur in patients who have illnesses or injuries that prevent them from changing position easily and are more common in elderly patients.
Absent an underlying medical condition, bed sores are oftentimes entirely preventable with appropriate nursing care. Nurses can encourage and help patients change position to alleviate pressure on specific areas of the body, preventing bed sores from forming and keeping patients more comfortable.
Legally speaking, hospitals are liable for providing an appropriate standard of care for patients—and that includes the prevention of bed sores. While it is usually the nursing staff that has primary responsibility for helping patients change positions in bed to prevent bed sores, it’s the responsibility of the hospital as a whole to provide an appropriate quality of care. As a result, it’s typically the hospital’s or medical provider’s legal responsibility to pay any damages associated with bed sores.
If you’ve experienced bed sores as a result of negligence at a hospital or care facility, you may be able to recover damages. These can include:
If you’ve ended up with bed sores as a result of negligence during a hospital stay, it can be important to seek legal representation from an attorney experienced in pursuing claims involving bed sores. In some cases, hospitals may try to get out of paying for those damages by:
Hughey Law Firm offers a free consultation for you to discuss the level of hospital care that led to your or your loved one’s bed sore injury with an attorney who is experienced in the field. When our team agrees to represent a client for hospital bed sores, we handle the matter on a contingent fee basis, in which we only recover our fees out of any settlement or verdict that our client receives.
If you’ve sustained bed sores while staying at a hospital in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Beaufort, Columbia, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, or Florence, don’t wait to get the legal help you need. Contact the Hughey Law Firm today online or at (843) 881-8644 to schedule a free consultation.
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