Gangrene is a complication that may develop due to the death of tissue in and around the pressure sore. Severe pressure sores may result in the reduction of blood flow in and around the wound. The reduced blood flow increases the ability of bacteria to grow. Bacteria produce toxins that the body is unable to remove.
Tell-tale signs of gangrene in wounds
Once the toxins accumulate, deterioration of tissue ensues. Ultimately, as the tissue deteriorates the common gangrene symptoms may occur (black or green discoloration of skin and foul odors). These infected wounds are disheartening for the individual and for their family as they are a visible and painful reminder of a wound that was unattended.
Attorneys holding medical facilities responsible for pressure sore complications
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers knows the embarrassment to the individual and family when gangrene is involved. Don’t make the mistake of assuming the officials with the medical facility or the insurance company will be as sympathetic! If your loved one has developed gangrene following the development of a pressure sore, we invite you to discuss your loved ones care with attorneys who are experienced prosecuting pressure sore cases involving nursing homes, hospitals and other types of medical facilities.
Even in circumstances where the medical facility insists that proper care was provided, it may behoove you to get a second opinion from an outside source who can review the care in an objective fashion as opposed to trying to conceal inadequate care. Please contact our office for a free legal evaluation.
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