In June, a jury awarded $5 million to the estate of a woman who passed away at an Alabama hospital after developing severe pressure ulcers. She was admitted to the hospital in August of 2015, and the family filed a lawsuit in October of 2015, citing that the hospital failed to follow their own policies to properly turn and reposition her in bed. The hospital knew she was at risk for pressure ulcers, as she was mostly bedridden. The hospital staff also falsified medical records to show care that was not actually provided. The patient developed pressure ulcers (also called "bed sores") on her lower back and upper arm. She died on November 3, 2015, with the pressure ulcers causing her significant pain and suffering towards the end of her life.
Based on this jury verdict, had the hospital followed its own policies, the injuries could have been completely avoided. Unfortunately, many preventable incidents in hospitals and nursing homes can cause serious harm, pain, and suffering for the victim when facilities do not follow proper procedures to keep patients safe and well cared for. Have you or a loved one been injured at a hospital or nursing home due to neglect, poor care, or improper treatment in North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, or Georgia? Contact the attorneys at Daniel Pleasant Holoman LLP. We have extensive experience fighting for victims and their families who have been injured at the hands of healthcare providers. There is no cost to speak to someone about your case.