A woman has filed a lawsuit against a Chicago Heights hospital alleging medical malpractice in the death of her husband. The man was a patient of St. James Hospital suffering from pneumonia and other issues. The man was known to be at a high risk for developing pressure sores. While the man was in the hospital he developed a stage 2 pressure ulcer on his coccyx. The wound worsened and caused the man’s condition to deteriorate over time, leading to his death. The woman is represented by Levin & Perconti, a leading medical malpractice law firm in Chicago.
The Reality of Medical Mistakes
Medical mistakes and negligence takes place quite often. Most times, the victim is not seriously injured so the situation does not require further action. However, sometimes the negligent action causes a traumatic injury or even death. When this occurs, the victim or family is entitled to receive compensation for damages. Doctors and other medical professionals are required to provide a high level of care to patients. In this case, the patient developed a very serious bed sore within just days of treatment. Medical malpractice is never acceptable and victims need to seek recovery of damages incurred because of the negligence.
Pressure Ulcers Should Not Occur
Pressure ulcers are also called bed sores or pressure sores. They are caused by the constant rubbing of an area of the skin on something such as the sheets of the bed. There are four stages of pressure ulcers ranging from mild (stage one) to severe (stage four). Pressure ulcers start innocuously with a simple red mark. As they worsen, the skin becomes more irritated, red, and painful. If the sores are not quickly treated the skin may open and the wound deepens. When this happens an infection can easily occur. Once an infection happens it may result in sepsis, a dangerous life-threatening blood infection that travels throughout the body and damages organs. Pressure ulcers, even mild ones, are a sign of nursing home neglect. When a patient is being properly cared for, pressure ulcers are not formed.
Pressure sores are a sign that the hospital is not properly caring for the patient. Whether the hospital is not properly staffed, the staff is not correctly trained, or the workers are simply careless, the result is the negligent actions which cause injury to patients. Once a pressure ulcer develops it is essential that it be quickly and properly cared for in order to prevent it from deepening and becoming infected. Hospitals are responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for patients, especially those who require extra attention because of immobility.
Contact Levin & Perconti
When you leave your loved one in the care of a hospital you expect proper care. In this instance, the hospital was negligent and the man developed a serious pressure ulcer that turned deadly. If your loved one has suffered a serious injury or has died as the result of medical malpractice or negligent care, call Levin & Perconti. We have years of experience helping our clients get the compensation they deserve for damages caused by medical malpractice. Contact Levin & Perconti today for a consultation to discuss your case.
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