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.