Signs and Symptoms of Decubitus Ulcers (Bed Sores)

Bed sores and pressure ulcers are classified in stages – Stage I through Stage IV. Each stage is characterized by progressively-worsening symptoms, and seeking treatment as soon as possible can be critical to minimizing the painful and damaging effects of these nursing home injuries. Unfortunately, in many cases seniors living in nursing homes are unable to get the treatment they need quickly, and family members will often be unaware that their loved ones are suffering without the help they need from their caregivers. Nursing home staff who are to blame for residents’ bed sores may also attempt to hide the symptoms, and may even tell residents not to seek outside help.

The signs and symptoms of pressure ulcers typically include:

  • Stage I– A red, purple or blue patch of skin that does not turn white when pressed; tenderness or itching at the injury site; skin that feels warm, cold or firm.
  • Stage II– An open sore or abrasion on the surface of the skin; minor swelling; continued discoloration; oozing.
  • Stage III– A crater-like injury that extends below the surface of the skin; yellowing of the skin tissue; pain and discoloration extending beyond the initial injury site.
  • Stage IV– Deepening of the injury to the muscle, bone, tendon or joint below the skin; exposed muscle or bone; dry or dead skin tissue.

The Villages Nursing Home Bed Sores Lawyer Can Help – Schedule a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one have experienced bed sores or other serious injury due to the negligence of nursing home staff, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation about your legal rights. With offices in The Villages, we represent seniors living in nursing homes and rehab facilities throughout Central Florida, and attorney Tim Babiarz will gladly come to you. To schedule an appointment at your convenience, please call (352) 205-7599 or contact our firm online today.

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