Bedsore Symptoms and Stages

Injuries can happen in a nursing home even when the nursing home and staff take proper precautions. But bedsores are an entirely different matter. Unless a patient is being neglected, they simply do not happen. There is no reason to give a nursing home the benefit of the doubt if your family member is showing symptoms of bedsores.

At Tremont Sheldon P.C., we work with Connecticut families who suspect that their loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home. If you suspect something is wrong or think you have witnessed bedsore symptoms, our lawyers can help you identify your options for holding the nursing home and staff accountable.

Recognizing Bedsore Symptoms and Stages

Bedsores get progressively worse when unchecked and untreated, just like most other medical problems. There are four stages of bedsores, with each stage representing an increase in severity:

  • A stage one bedsore is not yet an open wound. There may be redness on the surface of the skin and feel warmer than the surrounding skin. A stage one bedsore may go undetected by visiting loved ones, but should be easily visible for nursing home staff who should be in close contact with the patient.
  • When a bedsore enters stage two, the skin can break or tear away from the surrounding area, forming a painful ulcer. At this stage, the sore could be mistaken for a blister, but it is important to investigate further if you see anything that could even possibly be a bedsore.
  • A stage three bedsore may not look any more severe on the surface than a stage two sore, but at this point there is damage being done beneath the skin’s surface. Someone inspecting closely may be able to see fat showing through the sore.
  • At stage four, the damage beneath the surface can run so deep that it is affecting muscle and bone. This can result in long-term issues for the patient and is a visible sign of extreme negligence on behalf of the nursing home and its staff.

There Is No Excuse for Bedsores

If your loved one is showing any symptoms of bedsores, or something just doesn’t seem right, you need to act now. Call 203-212-9075 or contact us online for a consultation with our Bridgeport nursing home negligence and elder abuse attorneys.

Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have a personal injury case?

If you are injured because of the fault or wrongful conduct of another person or entity, you may have the right to bring a lawsuit to recover money damages for your losses. Some examples of the types of incidents that give rise to personal injury claims include: car accidents, motorcycle accidents, falls, sexual abuse, workplace injuries, defective products, medical malpractice, legal malpractice and nursing home negligence. You should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible after your injury to determine whether or not you have a case.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim or case?

Under the law, you generally have two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit that is based on the negligent conduct of another person or entity. The time limitation for filing a lawsuit varies, however, depending upon the nature of the claim. With certain types of claims, there are also notice requirements that must be met before you file suit. It is therefore always wise to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible after your injury to make certain that your case is not time-barred.

How long will my personal injury case take?

How long a personal injury case takes depends upon a number of factors, including how long you are required to be treated for your injuries, whether the responsible party contests how the accident happened or whether it caused your injuries, and whether the responsible party and his or her insurance carrier fairly evaluate your case. Typically, if a case does not settle, a case reaches trial approximately two years from the time that it is filed in court.

What damages am I entitled to claim in a personal injury case?

In Connecticut, you are entitled to claim two types of damages: economic and noneconomic. Economic damages are intended to compensate you for past and future out-of-pocket losses. These damages may include compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and loss of earning capacity. Noneconomic damages are intended to compensate you for the past and future effects of the injuries on your life. These damages may include payment for your pain and suffering, permanent disability and loss of enjoyment of your normal activities of daily living.

How much of my time will be required?

Unless your case goes to trial, the actual amount of time that will require your personal involvement in a personal injury case is relatively minimal. The initial office conference to discuss your claim usually takes about one hour. Follow-up conferences to check on your medical progress and to update you on your case generally take less time and can be done in the office or by phone. If a lawsuit is filed, you would likely need to come into the office to review and sign certain papers required under our court rules. You may also be required to answer questions under oath at a deposition, undergo a medical examination by a doctor selected by the other party and attend a pretrial conference at court.

How much will it cost to go forward with a personal injury case?

Under the law, attorney fees in personal injury cases are paid on a contingency fee* basis. This means the fee is paid at the end of the case and is calculated on the amount of the final settlement or judgment. The fee is 33.33 percent of the first $300,000 of recovery, 25 percent of the next $300,000, 20 percent on the next $300,000, 15 percent on the next $300,000, and 10 percent on any recovery over $1.2 million. In addition, any costs incurred for medical records, court filing fees, depositions, expert fees, etc., are deducted at the end of the case from the settlement or court judgment.
*Contingency fee is defined as payment to an attorney for legal services that depends, or is contingent, upon there being some recovery or award in the case. The payment is then a percentage of the amount recovered. You pay nothing unless payment/recovery is received.