Case Type: Hospital Settlement for Stage IV Bedsore, Sepsis and Wrongful Death
Facts of the Case
This case involved an 81-year-old who developed a Stage IV decubitus ulcer that went undiagnosed and untreated. As result, the bedsore became infected which led to his becoming septic and dying just a few weeks later. The allegations included the nursing staff and nurse assistants’ failure to properly assess the resident’s skin, failure to properly turn him to prevent the development of skin breakdown, and failure to properly and timely notify a physician and/or obtain the necessary wound care.
Types of Injuries and Harm Suffered
- Stage IV bedsore
- Wrongful death
Other Types of Damages
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
Legal Issues in the Case
- Whether the nurses and assistants properly turned and care for the resident
- Whether the care provided violated the standard of care
- Whether the nurses’ care resulted in the bedsore, his developing sepsis and his untimely death
What We Did To Win The Settlement
After obtaining the medical records, we performed a detailed review of all of the skin assessments and wound care the resident received while a patient at the hospital. Such thorough examination of the records allowed us to find discrepancies between the health care providers as to what his skin looked like and the necessary treatment. Armed with such information, we were successful in settling this claim prior to trial as a result of retaining several well-qualified experts, receiving vital admissions during several depositions of the nurses involved, and demonstrating the extent of the client’s injuries through the use of photographs and diagrams. The hospital required that information regarding the case be kept confidential as a condition of the settlement.
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