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Former Illinois Nursing Home Resident Files Lawsuit Against Facility For Development Of Bed Sores

A former resident of the Calvin Johnson Care Center in Belleville, IL is suing the facility for $100,000, according to the The Madison Record. The plaintiff, Robert McLean, claims that Calvin Johnson allowed several painful decubitus ulcers to develop during his stay. The Record does not state the length of…

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Outpatient Surgery— Why Even Relatively Healthy Patients are at Risk for Developing Pressure Sores During Recovery

A resident of Peoria went into St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford for surgery to repair bilateral fractures in the spring of 2003. A year later, he died from complications due to pressure sores after losing the lower part of his left leg as part of the effort to keep…

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Two Families Sue Same Nursing Home, Saying Facility Caused Relatives’ Sepsis and Bed Sores

Two families have recently filed separate bed sore lawsuits against the Madison Manor nursing home in Richmond, Kentucky, saying the facility provided grossly inadequate care for their relatives. The first lawsuit, filed May 11 by Donna Anderson, says Madison Manor let a severely infected bed sore develop on her late…

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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.…

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Lawsuit Claims Texas Assisted Living Operator Neglected Patient’s Severe Bed Sores

In Bryan, Texas, a family is suing Assisted Living Operator Rose Rodriguez for neglect, saying she ignored severe bed sores that led to a relative's death.  According to WTAW-TV, Rodriguez is being charged with three counts of aggravated perjury, as well as felony theft. The report from WTAW did not…

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Are bed sores acquired during a nursing home admission an indication of poor care?

Without much objection, bed sores have become an accepted way of life at some nursing homes.  Today, patients, families and caregivers at some nursing homes view the development of bed sores as an inevitable part of the aging process. To the contrary, the majority of circumstances when a patient develops…

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Pressure Sores Are Needlessly Killing Nursing Home & Hospital Patients

Pressure sores (also referred to as bed sores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers) are an all too common and painful problem for nursing home residents. Most pressure sores are preventable and are caused by faulty care where the nursing home or hospital does provide adequate care to prevent and treat bed sores.  Patients vulnerable to developing pressure sores are…

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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…

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Illinois Man Sues Nursing Home for Failure to Treat Mother’s Bed Sore

An Illinois man is suing the Walnut Grove Village nursing home in Grundy, Illinois, for $50,000, according to the Morris Daily Herald. The plaintiff, Dwayne Mickelson, says that the nursing home neglected and abused his mother, Ethel, on two counts. A disabling hip fracture The first count alleges that Walnut…

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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,…

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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,  Patch.com 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…

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ManorCare Named In Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Patient Developes Pressure Sores During Nursing Home Admission

With more than 500 locations in 33 states, ManorCare remains of the largest nursing home chains in the country.  From a financial standpoint, ManorCare is clearly a very profitable operation.   In 2006, the last year its profits were disclosed, ManorCare earned $167 million from $3.6 million in sales.  In 2007,…

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Family Of Disabled Man File Lawsuit Against Chicago Nursing Home After He Develops Pressure Sores During Admission

The family of a man with a spina bifida has filed a lawsuit against Tower Hill Healthcare Center, alleging the facilities neglect resulted in the man's physical injury and deterioration since he was admitted to the facility. According to the lawsuit, the man was admitted to Sherman Hospital (a Chicagoland…

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Jury Punishes Nursing Home Where Man Develops More Than 20 Decubitus Ulcers

When people actually see the gruesome photos of rotting flesh on a person's backside hear about the ongoing medical procedures that are necessary to heal the wound, they begin to understand the real impact of this medical condition. Along these lines, an obviously compassionate jury awarded the family of a…

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Group Home Worker Faces Jail Time For Neglecting A Resident Who Developed Pressure Sores

Effie Tutor, a former caregiver at Kirkland adult family home (Washington) was sentenced to 31 months in prison for her role in the neglect-related death of a resident at the facility where she worked.  The conviction stems from the mistreatment of 87-year-old Jean Rudolph, who developed pressure sores that progressed…

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What are some common defenses used by nursing homes and hospitals in lawsuits involving pressure sores?

While most pressure sore cases may appear to be the result of negligence and complete disregard for the medical needs of a patient--- and any resulting claim would want to speedily resolved by the facility.  The fact remains that many cases involving the development of a pressure sore (similarly referred…

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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…

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Nursing home neglect and medical malpractice alleged in wrongful death case involving the development and advancement of decubitus ulcers during admission to nursing home and hospital

Philadelphia jurors have spoken in a case involving the development of decubitus ulcers during a hospitalization and deterioration during a subsequent stay at a nursing home.  Not only did they speak up, but the jurors stood up in a loud way, slapping $5 million in punitive damages on top of…

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Son blames under-staffing at nursing home for development of mother’s pressure ulcers and infection

Without a doubt, staffing is the number one predictor of the the type of care patients in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities will receive.  High-tech medical equipment and expansive medical facilities mean nothing without a team of properly trained personnel to tend to patient needs. Under-staffing blamed for…

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New York jury awards $19m to family of man who developed advanced bed sores during nursing home admission

If you ask most people what a 'bed sore' is, you may get a lot of blank stares and shrugs.  Truth is, most people probably have never seen a severe bed sore.   However, when people actually see the gruesome photos of rotting flesh on a person's backside that expose underlying…

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

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…

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Lawsuit alleges nursing home neglect contributed to patient’s decubitus ulcers

A former resident of the Virgil Calvert Nursing and Rehabilitation Center filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit against the Illinois nursing home after she developed multiple decubitus ulcers during her admission.   The Illinois nursing home lawsuit alleges that decubitus ulcers she developed during her admission resulted in severe pain,…

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Why is it important to differentiate the type of facility where a bed sore developed?

The first step in evaluating a bed sore case, is to determine when at what type of facility the bed sore developed.  Aside from obviously knowing which facility to pursue a claim or lawsuit against, knowing how the facility is legally categorized is essential to a successful recovery. Legal classification…

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Where can I learn more about the laws applicable to people who develop bed sores in nursing homes or hospitals?

Nursing Home Injury Laws (www.nursinghomeinjurylaws.com) is a website devoted to the legal rights of those who suffered an injury, such as bed sores (pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers), during an admission to a nursing home, hospital or assisted living facility. Nursing Home Injury Laws provides a national compilation…

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How much money does it cost to pursue a claim or lawsuit for bed sores?

Your financial circumstances should not be a hindrance when it comes to pursuing a claim or lawsuit against a facility where a loved ones bed sores developed.  Most claims and lawsuits stemming from the development of bed sores during a hospitalization or admission to a nursing home can be pursued…

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Is an autopsy necessary when a family suspects bed sores caused the death of a family member?

Deciding whether to have an autopsy performed on a loved one is indeed a very personal decision for a family to make following a death.  An autopsy can help a family get answers to not only the cause of death, and in the case of potential medical negligence, what-- if…

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If a lawsuit or claim is filed against a facility where a person developed bed sores, what type of damages is the person entitled to?

'Damages' refer to losses sustained due to physical or psychological injury for which you can be compensated. In cases involving the development of a bed sore (also referred to as decubitus ulcer, pressure ulcer or pressure sore), damages are assessed in terms of money compensation. Proving fault In order to…

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After I become aware of a bed sore, should I photograph it?

Few medical conditions have the visual impact of a bed sore.  Most people simply do not forget the image of a bed sore on a persons buttocks, heals or head.  Consequently, photographic evidence is one of the most important tools in proving the severity of the injury associated with a…

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What steps should I take before meeting with an attorney to discuss a case involving bed sores?

When you become aware of a situation involving bed sores at a nursing facility or hospital it is important to get your loved one the medical treatment they need and then get into ‘fact collection mode’.  In fact collection mode, you are beginning to collect information about the incident, acts…

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How long does it take for a lawsuit involving development of bed sores at a medical facility to be resolved?

Assuming a medical facility such as a hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility is responsible for the development new or deterioration of existing bed sores, a lawsuit may be required to recover damages.  The jurisdiction, court's case load and complexity of medical treatment are all factors that determine the…

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How long do I have to file a bed sore lawsuit?

The answer depends on where the incident took place and where the proper venue for bringing the lawsuit is.  The time to bring a lawsuit against a facility for developing bed sores is governed by the statute of limitations of the particular jurisdiction.  Most states have specific statute of limitations…

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Does the family of a deceased person who had bed sores at the time of his death have any legal recourse against the facility where the wounds developed?

If the bed sore caused or contributed to a loved one’s death then there likely is a cause of action for wrongful death.  In a wrongful death lawsuit, the family of the deceased can recover damages for medical expenses related to the individual’s care, funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of…

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What type of legal recourse does a person with bed sores have?

If you or a loved one develops a bed sore during a stay at a hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility or any long-term care facility, you likely have legal rights to recover damages.  Most cases involving bed sores (similarly called: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) require hiring…

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