Category : Bed Sore Lawsuits

Filing Lawsuit When A Loved One Develops A Bed Sore At A Medical Facility

Bedsores, pressure sores, pressure ulcers and decubitus ulcers can be extremely painful, damaging to your health and even deadly. Most bedsores are avoidable, and federal and Illinois laws have been enacted to provide protection for you or a loved one. You may be able to file a bedsore lawsuit against a nursing home, assisted living facility, group home or hospital to recover financial compensation for your losses. Damages in many bed sore litigation matter may be obtained for: medical expenses, pain, disfigurement and emotional loss in the case of a fatality.

Filing a Lawsuit Against the Facility Where the Pressure Sore Originated or Worsened

Filing a bedsore lawsuit to hold those responsible for their negligence is important to stop the injury and obtain financial recompense for your damages. Call Rosenfeld injury lawyers at 1-888-424-5757 for a free initial consultation.

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Visible Signs of Neglect That Have A Major Financial & Emotional Toll

The presence of a bedsore is usually the first sign of neglect in a medical facility setting, and often the result of negligence or malpractice. The development of a bedsore often results from an unacceptable standard of care to a patient with mobility issues due to age or medical condition. When a patient is under the care of medical professionals, they entrust the doctors, nurses, nurse’s aides, other healthcare providers and the medical facility to provide the best care possible.

Unfortunately, decubitus ulcers are usually an underlying cause of an infection that leads to the death of many patients in medical care facilities. The development of a bedsore is never the fault of the patient, and negligence by the medical staff and facility is unacceptable.

While most bedsores develop quickly, and progress at a rapid speed, the doctors and nurses do not report most of them to the patient’s family. Whenever a nursing home, hospital or other medical facility denies their liability, it should never deter the victim, or their loved ones, from seeking the justice they deserve. In many incidences, medical facilities will discharge their patient or refer them to another facility as a way to pass the responsibility to another.

What Is a Bedsore and Why Should They Be Preventable?

A bedsore is an area of damaged tissue and skin that often occurs from sustained pressure to the area. It usually involves extended sitting or lying in a stationary position on a bed, or in a chair or wheelchair. The immobility can restrict blood flow circulation to vulnerable areas of the body, leading to the development of a bedsore. When blood flow circulation is compromised, the affected tissue can die, producing an ulcerated sore.

There are four stages of bedsores from stage I to stage IV. During the early stages of development, the bedsore is easily treated by repositioning and use of medical devices when repositioning or moving the patient in a wheelchair or bed. However, by stage III and stage IV, the condition becomes serious, often taking months to heal, if at all. Without proper treatment, even a minor bedsore can become infected, leading to serious medical conditions and death.

The Financial and Emotional Cost of Treating Bedsores

The cost of treatment for most bedsores is usually tens of thousands of dollars. Many times, the facility is at fault because it did not provide adequate staffing to meet the needs of the patient, forcing victims to wait longer for necessary care. This might include repositioning in bed or changing soiled clothing and linens.

When the elderly, paralyzed or infirmed do not have the ability to change soiled clothing themselves, they are often forced to lie or sit in their own excrement, urine or perspiration until assistance from a caregiver is available. While waiting, the moistened skin can become weakened making it susceptible to the development of pressure sores.

The Need for a Lawsuit to Pursue Justice for Those Whom Have Been Mistreated or Acquired Pressure Sores

Health experts have long agreed that pressure ulcers are avoidable and never have to occur. Every patient has a legal right to be provided preventative measures to maintain the integrity of their skin and provide proper blood flow to the area.

Suffering pain and discomfort from a bedsore, or dying from the condition is unconscionable. Standards of care indicate that it is the duty of the medical facility to follow established procedures and guidelines for preventing pressure sores. To do anything otherwise is unlawful.

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Immediate Steps to Take to Initiate a Lawsuit for a Bed Sore

If you have noticed obvious signs of pressure sores or any type of neglect of you or a loved one, it is essential to alert the medical staff and management immediately. If no immediate action is taken, it is vital to seek out a qualified bed sore lawyer who can stop the negligence right away.

Rosenfeld Injury Attorneys can provide a variety of legal options without any obligation in an initial free consultation. The victims of bedsores and pressure sores have received millions of dollars in financial recompense in a bedsore lawsuit while holding those legally responsible accountable for their negligence and abuse.

Filing A Bed Sore Lawsuit Against An Illinois Nursing Home

Lawsuit in Illinois for Bed Sore

WHAT CAUSES BEDSORES? Bed sores (also know as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers) are skin and tissue injuries resulting from pressure over extended periods of time.  Areas vulnerable to bed sores are bony parts of the body such as knees, ankles, and heels.  Common causes of this disease are sustained pressure, friction, or shearing (when […]

Woman Acquitted for Murder Charges in Pressure Ulcer Death Case

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The horrific death of an elderly California woman raises disturbing questions about who’s ultimately responsible for the care of older relatives. When paramedics found 91-year-old Maria “Concha” Lopez in her home in December 2009, she weighed 35 pounds and was covered in her own feces and urine. She also had numerous stage four pressure ulcers; […]

Nursing Home Settles Bed Sore Lawsuit For $900,000

A settlement was reached this month between Houghton Lakeview— a nursing home— the state of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services and the family of Jean Rudolph, who died in 2008 from complications due to stage four pressure sores while under the care of a Houghton Lakeview owned home. The same home had already […]

Under-Staffing & Under-Funding Alleged In Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit Where Patient Developed Bed Sores

‘Under-staffing’ and ‘under-funding’ are just several of the underlying reasons alleged to contribute to the development of a patient’s bed sores (or decubitus ulcers, pressure ulcers or pressure sores) during an admission to a Missouri nursing home. Sick patients, that’s why they go to nursing homes The subject of the lawsuit, Nellie Wilks, was an […]

Texas Hospital Blamed for Patient’s Severe Bed Sore

A former patient at Beaumont’s Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital has sued two of the hospital’s doctors, claiming that they delayed treatment and caused unnecessary complications, including a stage 3 bed sore. According to the Southeast Texas Record, Ronald Lee Phillips, Sr. was admitted to Memorial Hermann on Oct. 29, 2006, for two consecutive seizures.  The […]

California Nursing Home Abuse Case to go to Trial

A Sacramento, Calif. judge has decided that a civil suit alleging abuse at a local nursing home should go to trial, reports. Death attributed to UTI The plaintiff, Dennis Lee Haney, said in a complaint that Eskaton Properties, Inc. was responsible for the early death of his mother, 78-year-old Dorris Hilton. Hilton spent three […]

West Virginia Nursing Home Sued for Negligence After Patient Develops Decubitus Ulcers

The wife of a former Charleston, WV nursing home patient is suing Genesis Healthcare Corporation for an undisclosed amount, according to The West Virginia Record. Garnet Phillips claims that her husband, George, suffered from several worsening conditions during his 13-month stay at the Valley Center Nursing Home, including dehydration, urinary tract infections, and sepsis. Sepsis […]

Is $28 Million In Punitive Damages Enough To Punish A Nursing Home That Allowed Patient To Develop Infected Pressure Sores?

Well according to a California jury, the answer is ‘yes’.  $28 million is the amount of punitive damages the jury awarded in the elder abuse and wrongful death case (Sacramento Superior Court) against Colonial Healthcare of Auburn and its parent company Horizon West of Rocklin. Infected bed sore, punitive damages This case revolved around the […]

Lawsuit ensues after patient develops decubitus ulcers on back and heels during rehab stint in nursing home

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An orthopedic rehabilitation patient who developed multiple decubitus ulcers on his back and heels has filed a lawsuit against the nursing home where the wounds developed. Nursing home and management company The lawsuit alleges that Highland Health Care Center (Illinois) and its parent company Covenant Care Midwest failed to implement preventative measures to avoid the […]