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Should A Pressure Ulcer Develop on a Patient in a Hospital?

Published on Jul 7, 2016 at 1:48 pm in bedsores, decubitus ulcer, hosptial malpractice, Medical Malpractice, never event, Pressure Ulcer, skin breakdown, Uncategorized.

In almost all instances, pressure ulcers (sometimes referred to as bedsores or decubitus ulcers or pressure injuries) should NOT develop on a patient in a hospital. Many patients who lose mobility due to coma or stroke or medication, no matter their age, can be at risk of a pressure injury on their bony prominences, such as their coccyx (tailbone), heels, or elbows. Failure to properly reposition a patient, as required by the applicable standard care, can lead to debilitating pressure ulcers. Nutrition, hydration and proper skin assessment by nurses are also important in preventing pressure ulcers. Patients and families should be aware that typically a patient should be repositioned every two hours if lying down, or if sitting up in a chair, the patient should be repositioned every hour. The seated position puts more pressure on the area around the coccyx (tailbone) increasing risk for skin breakdown. Pressure ulcers are serious injuries that should be prevented and avoided.

2014–Wins for Clients and Some On-Going Battles for Justice

Published on Dec 31, 2014 at 8:48 pm in 18 Wheeler, Bed Sore, Car Wrecks, Medication Error, Partners, Pressure Ulcer, Trials, Uncategorized.

We wanted to post a year in review style blog post for two purposes. First, to summarize for folks much of what we have been working on in the last year, and two, to remind folks that McMath Woods areas of practice are quite broad. This post will be updated over the next several days.

McMath Woods Client Receives $1.5 million Verdict in Stage IV Pressure Ulcer case

In May of 2014, Neil Chamberlin and Will Bond represented a client in a jury trial in Washington County Circuit Court in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The client had developed a Stage IV pressure ulcer (pressure ulcers are referred to by many as bedsores) while being treated at a Northwest Arkansas hospital. The jury returned a 1.5 million dollar verdict to the client for his injuries and significant complications from the bedsore.  Gene Adams, attorney in Jacksonville, also assisted on the case.

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