Kennedy Terminal Ulcer & Bed Sore Lawsuits

Our Michigan medical negligence lawyers have significant experience in filing lawsuits against hospital, rehabilitation facilities, and nursing homes for patients who have suffered a Kennedy Terminal Ulcer.  This classification of a pressure sore is really just a myth and was created by nursing homes and the attorneys representing medical facilities.  This is their attempt to avoid liability for their negligent care of a patient or resident.

There is really no such thing as an unavoidable pressure ulcer if proper observation, care, and treatment are provided.  However, medical facilities often fail to provide this required care and the result is a serious and infected bed sore.  As an attempt to avoid responsibility, the term “Kennedy Terminal Ulcer” was created to describe a sore that develops while a person is dying as somehow this is a natural development of sores during the dying process.

The Kennedy Terminal Ulcer develops on the coccyx, sacrum, and heels.  These places are of course, the same spots where most other pressure ulcers occur.  Not surprisingly, they are most often the result of medical neglect in a hospital or nursing care facility.

In fact, many patients with pressure ulcers who are nearing death have sepsis, osteomyelitis, and other serious conditions due to an infected ulcer or sore.  By attempting to classify a bed sore as a Kennedy Terminal Ulcer, the medical provider is trying to change the real focus of neglect to a natural and unavoidable condition.  Wound care doctors and skin specialists fully realize that this attempt is baseless and the medical community in general does not subscribe to this theory.

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with a Kennedy Terminal Ulcer, you should contact our experienced medical negligence lawyers immediately!   We will review the medical records and photographs to prove the condition was due to neglect and was not an unavoidable occurrence.  Call our office today at (800) 606-1717 to learn your legal rights.

Stage 4 Bedsore Settlement Against Detroit Nursing Home

Our nursing home neglect lawyers recently agreed to a confidential settlement with a Detroit nursing home in a case involving a Stage 4 bedsore.  The resident was a high risk for developing bedsores due to her immobility and other medical conditions.  She was assessed as a high risk by the nursing home but the treatment care plan was not properly followed.   As a result, she developed a major decubitus ulcer that became infected and required medical treatment.

On her behalf, we served a written Notice of Intent To Sue on the nursing home administrator.  This is the first step in the legal process to pursue a claim or lawsuit against a skilled nursing care facility in Michigan.   The insurance adjuster  for the nursing home contacted us to discuss a pre-lawsuit settlement.  This was in the best interest of all parties because it would save significant litigation expenses and would resolve the case immediately, rather than waiting up to two years if the case went to court.

After lengthy negotiations, the parties agreed to a confidential settlement.  This is a common practice in medical malpractice and nursing home neglect lawsuits and is often demanded by the medical provider as a term of the settlement.  The medical providers do not want information regarding their lawsuits or settlements to be made public.

Bedsores and decubitus ulcers are a serious problem in nursing homes and other medical facilities.   The medical provider is required to assess the patient’s risk of developing a bedsore and then implement a care plan.  Once the plan is created, the nursing staff must follow the plan and monitor the resident to make sure it is effective.  If it is not effective, the plan must be changed to add other necessary measures.

The failure to do these things can lead to a nursing home lawsuit if the resident is harmed or dies due to this negligence.   If someone you care about was harmed by neglect or abuse in a Michigan nursing home, you should contact our experienced Michigan nursing home lawyers to investigate your the case.  We charge absolutely no legal fees or costs unless there is a settlement.  We also pay all expenses and if your case is not successful for any reason,  you owe us nothing. We put it in writing for you.

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Bed Sore Settlements in Michigan

Bed sore settlements in Michigan nursing home lawsuits  are often substantial because of the serious harm caused by the condition.  Our nursing home neglect lawyers frequently obtain sizable settlements for the resident.  In cases in which a resident dies from an infected bed sore, we file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the surviving family members.

A nursing home must assess a resident for the risk of developing a bed sore at the time of admission to the facility.  The initial assessment is performed to determine whether the resident has evidence of skin breakdown, blisters, or any other problem with skin integrity.  If a resident enters the facility without a bedsore and later develops one in the nursing home, it is often due to neglect and the failure to follow the resident care plan.

When this occurs, it  gives rise to the filing of a nursing home neglect lawsuit.  These bed sore lawsuits seek compensation for the injury and harm caused by the bedsore.  The settlement value of a nursing home bedsore lawsuit is based upon the facts of each individual case, but includes the:

 

-Severity of bedsore
-Treatment used for the bedsore
-Pain and suffering caused by the bedsore
-Any disfigurements caused by the bedsore
-Medical expenses and bills related to the bedsore

 
Our nursing home attorneys are experienced in handling bedsore cases can properly evaluate a  claim and provide you more information about a = settlement for your case.   There are strict time limitations for filing nursing home lawsuits so it is essential that you contact our office right now to discuss you case.   We will handle your case under our NO FEE PROMISE, which means there are no legal fees or costs unless we are able to get you a settlement.   Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to get started on your case.

Detroit Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed

Our Detroit nursing home neglect lawyers recently filed a lawsuit against St. Anthony Health Care Center in Detroit, Michigan.  The lawsuit was filed by the family of a resident who suffered a Stage 4 bed sore while at the skilled nursing care facility.  The bed sore became significantly infected and ultimately led to her death.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in the Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit, Michigan.  Under the Michigan Wrongful Death Statute, compensation can be sought for the pain and suffering for the resident up until her death, the loss of society and companionship of her family members, and medical expenses paid by the family and Medicare related to the pressure ulcer.

The woman was transferred to the nursing home after a brief hospital admission.  She was unable to ambulate and had other medical conditions that made her a risk for developing a pressure ulcer.  Despite these know risks, the nursing staff failed to properly care for her and appropriately monitor her skin condition.  The sore eventually progressed to a Stage 4 pressure ulcer and became infected.  She was later re-admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of respiratory failure secondary to sepsis and congestive heart failure.  The sepsis was caused by the infected decubitus ulcer.

Nursing homes often defend these lawsuits by claiming that the bed sore was “unavoidable,” meaning that it would have occurred no matter what they did or did not do.  However, this is a lame defense that is rarely, if ever, accepted by a judge or jury.  Most bed sores can be prevented in the first place or minimized with careful attention and treatment.

Our nursing home negligence lawyers file bed sore lawsuits frequently against Michigan nursing homes and hospitals.  These usually result in substantial settlements for the patient, resident, or surviving family members if it is for a wrongful death lawsuit.  To learn more about filing a bed sore lawsuit in Michigan, call our nursing neglect law firm today at (800) 606-1717 to start your case.  We do not charge any fees unless we win a settlement for you.

There are strict time deadlines to file a Michigan bed sore lawsuit.  Contact us to start your case before it is too late.

$ 195,000.00 Bedsore Settlement Against Nursing Home

Our Michigan nursing home attorneys recently settled a bedsore case against a Wayne County, Michigan skilled nursing care facility.   The nursing home resident was a determined to be a high risk for developing pressure sores at the time of admission an a care plan was put in place.  However, the nursing staff failed to comply with that plan and the woman developed a Stage 4 bedsore which became infected and caused sepsis.  She suffered serious complications as a result of that condition.

The claim was settled before a lawsuit was ever filed in court.  The claims that would have been alleged in the lawsuit would have included the failure to reposition the resident, the failure to assess her skin condition daily, and the failure to notify the attending physician when there was visible evidence of skin breakdown.  Additionally, our lawyers obtained the opinion from a certified would care expert that had timely intervention been provided then the sore would not have developed to a Stage 4.   Rather, proper assessment and treatment would have minimized the harm caused by the bedsore.

Bedsores are almost always a preventable condition in a medical facility or a skilled nursing care facility.  With proper initial assessment, an appropriate care plan, and compliance with that care plan, the patient should not develop a pressure ulcer.  If a sore does begin to develop, the plan must be changed and wound care must be consulted to prevent it from worsening.  Although many medical facilities argue that bedsores are often unavoidable, this is simply a lame excuse for their incompetence and negligent care.

If you or someone you know suffers from a bedsore due to the Michigan hospitals’ failure to properly recognize, diagnose and treat a decubitus ulcer, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. experienced Michigan medical malpractice attorneys. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and medical records to prove and win your case. We will also represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we settle.  Call today for your free consultation and learn your legal rights as a medical malpractice victim.

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