Be Sure to Specifically Request Wound Photographs from Medical Providers in Nursing Home Bedsore (Decubitus Ulcer) Lawsuits

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Nursing home residents are often at risk for developing bedsores (also known as decubitus ulcer or pressure sores) as a result of their underlying health problems and immobility issues.  A pressure sore/decubitus ulcer is a bedsore caused by unrelieved pressure on the skin from lying or sitting in the same position too long and are associated with pain and can be deadly.   As these bedsores deteriorate and progress to stage 3 (appear as a deep crater) and to stage 4 (involve full-thickness skin loss exposing bone or muscle), they become gruesome images for family members and loved ones to view.   

Nursing home residents who have developed bedsores typically receive treatment at wound clinics or hospitals.  As part of their treatment, some wound clinics and hospitals take photographs of the condition to monitor the progress of the wounds.  In our experience, such photographs may not be mentioned in the medical records and health care providers may not produce these wound photographs in response to medical record requests unless they are specifically requested.  Our law firm therefore sends specific requests for the production of wound photographs to wound clinics and hospitals in our bedsore cases and have been able to uncover the existence of very helpful evidence. 

If a family member or loved one has developed wounds/pressure sores/decubitus ulcers, it is also advisable to take photographs of the condition and to be able to state the dates of the photographs.

As the saying goes, a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Please feel free to contact the Maryland nursing home neglect lawyers at Dever & Feldstein, LLC at (888) 825-9119 for a free consultation if you believe that a family member or loved one has sustained serious injury or wrongful death as a result of bed sores/pressure sores or decubitus ulcers.

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This page contains a single entry by David Feldstein published on November 16, 2012 11:32 AM.

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