What can you do when your loved one suffers a pressure sore while under the care of a nursing home, or a hospital?
Due to potential for serious injury or complications care must be taken to prevent pressure sores. With proper care they can and should be prevented. If your loved one has suffered serious injury from a pressure sore they might have a malpractice lawsuit.
In fact according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services a stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcer acquired after admission is a “never event.” This means they won’t pay for the cost of that treatment, and they deem a pressure sore a serious event that is largely preventable. They are of serious concern to the public, and the medical community. Medical malpractice is a serious problem for all of us. In a 2013 study, A New, Evidence-Based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care by John T. James, PhD., premature death associated with preventable harm to patients was over 400,000 per year.
What is a pressure sore?
A pressure sure is also called a bed sore or a subcutaneous ulcer. It is a breakdown of the skin caused from pressure on the skin when a patient is immobile. Areas of body are particular risk are the pelvic girdle, sacrum, coccyx or tail bone, trochanter (hip), and heels. The elderly are also are risk. Over 70 percent of pressure ulcers occur in persons over the age of seventy. Pressure sores are classified in four stages. State IV is the most serious and is a full thickness skin loss with extensive destruction, tissue necrosis, or damage to muscle or bone.
Pressure sore risk factors among others include cardiovascular disease, chronic illness that requires bed rest, dehydration, diabetes mellitus, fractures, poor circulation significant obesity or thinness.
Medical malpractice cases involving pressure sores involve failing to take precautionary measures with patients at risk to pressure sores, and failure to treat pressure sores properly. The unfortunate theme in these cases is that the patient was just left unattended in their bed for too long. They were ignored while their wounds grew under the eyes of the medical staff.
Fight for the compensation and justice you deserve for the injuries you have sustained, or for your loved one who is seriously injured after a pressure sore. In a medical malpractice lawsuit, you can win compensation for all of your harms and losses including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and diminished future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
Pressure Ulcer Malpractice Can Cause Serious Painful Injuries and Complications
At Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., we are very selective about the medical malpractice cases we accept. We strive to fight for individuals who have endured very serious injuries and have the most to gain from winning a Connecticut medical malpractice suit. We also work with families who have lost their loved ones due to the negligence of a medical professional.
You may have a medical malpractice lawsuit if you or a loved one has been faced with one of the following situations:
- Failure to take precautionary measure to prevent pressure sores,
- Failure to use move or rotate the patient,
- Failure to use stockings,
- Failure to treat pressure sores,
- Skin grafting to fix the wounds;
- Serious infections from the sore.
How to evaluate whether you have a medical malpractice case from a pressure sore?
Do you think that a loved one is the victim of medical malpractice involving failure to prevent a pressure sore? How do you know? How do you evaluate the case like this?
The first step is to gather the medical records, and review them carefully. Were preventative measures taken and documented? Was appropriate care given and documented? Were photographs of the sores taken? For example, if your loved one lived in East Berlin, Connecticut and they treated at Hartford Hospital and suffered a pressure sore after admission we will contact the hospital and request all of the records. We will confirm that the patient did not have a pressure sore in beginning of their care, and they developed a pressure sore only after admission. We will also gather all of the other relevant medical information such as treatment records from the various family doctors that will show your loved one’s general state of health.
Next, before a case can be brought you (with our help) will have to find a doctor that is of the same specialty as the defendant doctor to review the case. Only if you get an opinion that medical malpractice has occurred, can you proceed with your case.
There are also additional hurtles that you must also overcome, like proof of damages. You must prove all of your harms and losses. You must also prove that your harms and losses were caused from the medical malpractice. You will be forced to examine the consequences of the error and whether the underlying condition contributed to the harm.
If your loved one has suffered terribly from an injury that should have been prevented, then it's time to fight back and let them know they will be held accountable for their malpractice.
Contact Our Groton Medical Malpractice Attorneys
With millions of dollars on the line, our medical malpractice lawyers at the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., do not accept every case. For a medical malpractice lawsuit to be successful, we must prove that the medical provider failed to live up to the appropriate standard of care, as well as that the medical negligence or malpractice caused harm to our client.
When the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., represents you in your medical malpractice case, you can expect attention to detail. You can also expect excellent customer service on the day-to-day basis in our office. Just take a look at our former client testimonials on this website. When it comes to case preparation and trial technique, we have Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys ready to take your case to trial if necessary. Additionally, we have also taught Health Law at the Quinnipiac College School of Law, lecturing to other attorneys on the topic of medical malpractice. We set the standard for medical malpractice attorneys throughout the state of Connecticut.
If you or a loved one were injured and suffered pain from a pressure ulcer that should have been prevented contact the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., at 860-445-8521 or toll free 888-717-4211 today for a free consultation.