Successful New Jersey Hospital Negligence Lawyer Holds Healthcare Workers Responsible for Bed Sore & Pressure Ulcer Injuries
Preventing pressure sores (also called bedsores or decubitus ulcers) is so much easier than treating them once they appear. If hospital and nursing home workers turned, repositioned and moved immobile patients regularly as they are supposed to do, the number of bedsores that occur in US hospitals would decline. Unfortunately, hospital negligence is the cause of hundreds of thousands of painful ulcers that lead to devastating injuries, including infection and death, each year in the United States.
More than 500,000 patients acquired pressure sores after being admitted to hospitals in 2006 (the last year statistics were released by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). Other studies and statistics indicate that the number of preventable hospital mistakes, including negligence that leads to bedsores, is rising. If you or someone you love has been a victim of hospital neglect that caused a bedsore or other injury, contact hospital and nursing home abuse lawyer Barry Sugarman for a free consultation about your case.
Who is Most at Risk for Developing Dangerous Bedsores in New Jersey Hospitals?
Bedsores develop in hospitals and nursing homes when workers fail to move and turn a patient who is unable to move freely on their own, perhaps due to paralysis, fracture, post-operative condition, weakness, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or coma. When pressure is put on the soft tissue of the skin, blood supply is cut off from skin cells. Turning the patient regularly, every two hours as recommended, relieves the pressure and restores blood flow. However, failure to turn the patient regularly may result in painful sores that can lead to life-threatening consequences, including death.
The buttocks, sacrum (lower back just above the buttocks), heels and hips are the most common parts of the body where pressure sores develop. This is because the bones in these parts of the body are constantly pressing up against muscle and tissue when nurses and aides leave a person in bed or a chair for long periods of time without turning, adjusting and repositioning the patient. When nurses and aides don’t’ do their jobs, people get bedsores.
While hospital negligence is the cause of many bedsores in patients of all ages, it stands to reason that the majority of patients who suffer from bedsores are older individuals. Older people are more likely to suffer from dementia, stroke, diabetes and other conditions that create immobility. They often spend hours upon hours in bed or wheelchairs in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. That being said, any hospital patient is at risk for developing pressure ulcers when negligent healthcare workers fail to monitor and turn them regularly.
Another major issue in hospitals is failure to properly treat bedsores and pressure ulcers. According to a major study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a patient admitted to the hospital from a nursing home is about 26 percent more likely than other patients (admitted after being home) to be developing or already have a bedsore. The NIH study concluded that “continuity of care across transitions between care settings” is critical to avoiding negligent mistakes regarding bedsores.
If your loved one developed a pressure sore or bedsore after being admitted to the hospital, or if they were admitted with a sore that wasn’t properly treated, contact Mr. Sugarman for help today.
NJ Lawyer Barry Sugarman Wins Maximum Compensation in Bedsore/Pressure Ulcer Lawsuits against New Jersey Hospitals
A patient may be especially vulnerable to pressure ulcers when they are malnourished and dehydrated. In fact, hospital negligence lawyer Barry Sugarman knows this all too well. He has been fighting for maximum compensation for clients in Somerset and Camden counties, from Somerville to Marlton and throughout New Jersey.
- Sugarman settled a $1 million claim against an Essex County healthcare facility after a patient suffered dehydration and pressure ulcers as the result of negligence.
- In another case, he negotiated a $750,000 settlement with a Northern NJ healthcare facility after a pressure ulcer and infection led to the patient’s death.
- Sugarman’s success in fighting for the rights of New Jersey families continued when he won a $930,000 verdict/judgment against a Middlesex County healthcare facility after a patient died due to negligence associates with pressure ulcers.
If you or your family member has suffered or is currently suffering from bedsores caused by negligent healthcare workers, contact the Sugarman Law Firm right away. Barry Sugarman is a lawyer who focuses on people, not profits. He never represents big businesses like hospitals or nursing homes. His clients are families like yours, good people who are victims of medical mistakes, abuse and negligence.
Talk to a Skilled Hospital Neglect Lawyer for Free about Your Bedsore Case
Even if you are not sure the condition was caused by hospital negligence, Barry Sugarman will investigate your situation and determine if you have a case. Mr. Sugarman and his entire legal team are outraged by the failure of hospitals and nursing homes to better manage and care treat preventable conditions, like bedsores, that cause irreparable injury to families in Somerville, Marlton and throughout New Jersey. He will fight for you and your family and work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact him today for a free consultation about your case. He has been working hard for New Jersey families impacted by medical malpractice throughout New Jersey for almost 25 years. We invite you to put his experience and vast knowledge to work for you.
Contact the offices of the Sugarman Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case.
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