Our Michigan bed sore attorneys recently filed a lawsuit against a Dearborn, Michigan nursing home on behalf of a patient who suffered a bed sore on his buttocks. He was admitted to the rehabilitation facility to gain strength and independence after a hospitalization. Despite being determined to be a high risk for developing a bed sore, the facility staff did not regularly monitor his skin for evidence of breakdown.
Bed sores are completely preventable with proper screening, care, and treatment even though some residents are at high risk for pressure sores due to their medical condition. Upon admission to the nursing home and throughout the admission, the nursing home staff is required to assess a resident’s risk of developing bed sores. These assessments are based upon a number of factors, including medical conditions, the resident’s mobility, poor nutrition and whether the resident is continent. When a resident is determined to be a risk for developing a bed sore, the nursing staff is required to develop and implement a plan to both prevent the sore from occurring and to treat it at the initial stages. When a nursing home fails to assess a patient and the patient suffers from bedsores, the facility is negligent and it does give rise to a nursing home neglect lawsuit.
The patient was then transferred to another facility. Upon his admission, it was noted that he had a Stage 3 bed sore on his buttocks which was the shape of a bed pan. The wound care staff determined that it was caused because the rehab facility nurses left him on a bed pan for extended periods of time which caused the development of a serious pressure sore. The patient underwent wound care and debridement. He may also require surgery.
The lawsuit was filed in the Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit, Michigan. The suit seeks damages for the pain and suffering caused by the bed sore as well as the medical expenses related to the wound. No trial date has been set by the court.
Patients who suffer bed sores while residing at a medical facility do have legal rights and may be able to pursue a claim against the home for their negligent care. To learn more about your legal rights and for a free, no obligation evaluation of your case, call our top rated attorneys today at (800) 606-1717. We advance all costs and offer a No Win, No Fee Promise which means there are no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case.