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.