How did my mother develop gangrene? She’s under the care of professionals in a local nursing home.
Gangrene is the death of tissue caused by the lack of blood supply. It can affect a small area of skin or a finger or toe. Sometimes it can spread to an entire limb such as an arm, foot, or leg.
Dry gangrene occurs when the blood supply has been decreased or completely cut off. It is a slow process and does not spread to other healthy tissue; infection is not present. Gradually, the affected area becomes cold, discolored and then totally black. Wet gangrene occurs when dry gangrene becomes infected, often as a result of injury.
According to statistics, approximately 50% of most gangrene cases in the United States are the result of a severe traumatic injury, such as a car accident.
If you suspect gangrene on your mother’s foot was caused by the neglect of nursing home staff, do not hesitate to contact the San Bernardino personal injury attorneys at Welebir | Tierney. We are dedicated to protecting the rights and dignity of our elderly.