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Symptoms of gangrene

Posted on June 15, 2015 2:28 pm under Nursing Home Abuse

Gangrene happens when body tissue dies because of lack of oxygen. This occurs when the flow of blood is obstructed due to a damaged blood vessel. In some instances, gangrene may also occur as a complication of an untreated infection. The bacteria that grows in the affected area may thrive and take over the tissue, causing it to die.

Depending on its location and severity, signs and symptoms of gangrene may vary. These may include:

  • Discolored skin
  • Pain in the affected area followed by numbness
  • Wound drainage, oftentimes with foul odor
  • Fever and swelling for gangrene that affects tissues underneath the skin

Unfortunately, gangrene can sometimes result from a nursing home staff’s negligence in looking after their residents’ health. If your loved one has developed gangrene while in a long term care home in Wisconsin, a nursing home neglect lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you decide whether to file a claim. Call us at (414) 271-0900 and have a lawyer assess your situation today.