On behalf of Hastings Law Firm P.C. posted in Surgical Errors on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
In a recent court case, it was remarked that there were 1.4 million people in nursing homes across the country, including here in Texas. This number is said to be ever growing, and these occupants have a right not to be exposed to neglect and abuse. This remark stemmed from a lawsuit alleging the death of a patient that resulted from the failure of staff to adequately treat bedsores.
According to the complaint that was filed by the family of the deceased man, he was admitted to the defendant’s facility in March 2011 after being discharged from a hospital where he was treated for pneumonia. Images were presented into evidence to show the deterioration of bedsores after his admittance to the nursing home. The family claimed that it was not even a month later when he was back in the hospital because the bedsores had gone septic.
By this time, the man’s pneumonia had been cured, but he died on April 25, 2011. Court documents state that he died from sepsis caused by the infected bedsores. The plaintiffs claim that the medical staff at the nursing home was negligent in their failure to discover and treat the bedsores timely. Further allegations stated that the condition of the pressure ulcers was not documented, nor were devices used to relieve the pressure.
Texas families who have lost loved ones due to negligence in the treatment of bedsores or other medical conditions may also pursue financial relief and take legal action against medical facilities or nursing homes and irresponsible personnel. The skills of an experienced medical malpractice attorney may ease the navigation of the proceedings of a medical malpractice claim in a civil court. This is a complicated area of the law, and professional legal counsel can be invaluable.
Source: unionleader.com, “Wrongful death trial involving Nashua nursing home begins”, Kimberley Houghton, June 7, 2016