This is the fourth and final post in a series detailing the differences in the stages of bed sores. Our professionals represents clients all over the New Jersey and Philadelphia region with bed sore related injuries and is writing this series to inform the patients and their families about the different stages of bed sores, and their legal rights. This post is about Stage IV bed sores, the most serious and deadly stage.
Are Stage IV bed sores preventable?
Stage IV bed sores are horrifying wounds that cause incredible damage to the health of a person. If you or your loved one has a Stage IV bed sore that is currently not being treated, it needs to be treated immediately for the health and safety of the patient. Unfortunately, Stage IV bed sores start off as Stage I bed sores, as discussed in previous blog posts, which are entirely preventable by attentive medical professionals.
When patients have a Stage I bed sore, there are many things that can be done to prevent the further degradation of the patient’s skin and muscle structure, including frequent repositioning to alleviate pressure on the skin. However, in some cases, a facility is under staffed, or has uncaring employees, that will allow a patient to lay in the same position for days, sometimes in their own bodily fluids. Patients that rely on the care of medical professionals, and cannot reposition themselves, are most likely to fall victims.
What are Stage IV bed sores?
Bed sores that have progressed to a Stage IV level are very serious and have a damaging impact on a patient’s health. The symptoms include: extensive destruction and tissue death to muscle, bone, and supporting structures (tendons, joints, and capsules). The wound will look like large, deep, and open, revealing bone and connective tissues. This is the last and most serious stage of bed sores. Even posting a picture of a Stage IV bed sore would be too graphic for this blog.
Bed Sores Lawyers of New Jersey and Philadelphia
A stage IV bed sore is a tell tale sign of nursing home abuse. A wound should never, under any circumstance, progress to this level. If you or your love one suffered a stage IV bed sore while in a nursing home or assisted living facility, please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation and consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia. You have suffered enough, it is time you received the compensation you deserve.