A complain was recently filed which initiates a lawsuit alleging that two physicians at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital failed to properly care for a 60-year old stroke victim, ultimately leading to her death. About Lawsuits reported on the new medical malpractice lawsuit last week.
The bedsore lawsuit was filed by the husband of the victim. In the complaint, the surviving spouse explains how his wife was sedated and unable to move for three days following a stroke. However, one of her doctors ordered that she not be moved while in this state. As a result, the woman developed bedsores on her backside. Those sores eventually became infected from fecal contamination. The infection ultimately caused her to undergo two months of surgery, but the efforts were not successful. She eventually died from complications from those sores.
The wrongful death lawsuit challenges the care given to the victim which did nothing to ensure that the sores did not develop, and when they were discovered, little to treat them. Blog readers are well aware that these injuries develop when blood flow stops at a particular area of the body. This occurs when a victim has pressure on one area for a considerable length of time without movement. Prominent bones with thin layers of skin are the most likely targets-heels, elbows, and tailbones.
Hospital patients who have prolonged visits and nursing home residents are often most at risk for developing these deadly problems because of their mobility problems. Yet, virtually all professionals agree that these sores can be prevented and treated if proper care is given to individuals involving repositioning and checks for developing problems.
Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti have worked with many victims and their families who have suffered following the development of bedsores. The situation is particularly damaging when these wounds are not properly treated, leading to infections that can enter the bloodstream-known as sepsis. Be sure to insist that your medical professional acknowledge these issues, and hold them accountable if they fail to properly prevent bedsores.
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