Tom Rhodes Law Firm, PLLC settled a medical malpractice case for an undisclosed
amount. The plaintiff in the case was pursuing $10,345,000 against Christus
St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for medical negligence and lack of
proper care and attention, which led his development of bed sores.
How Bed Sores Form
According to plaintiff’s argument, St. Vincent failed to follow the
safety protocols for preventing bed sores. These wounds develop when body
parts such as legs, shoulders, hips, ankles, heels, etc. experience constant
pressure and are then deprived of oxygen and blood flow. The tissue can
then die, causing the lesions known as bed sores, and is one of the most
apparent signs of hospital abuse.
These are the other common signs of abuse from a medical facility:
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Fear upon seeing medical staff
- Unexplained weight loss
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Injuries on the patient’s body
- Unclean or unsanitary bedding
Patients who are at higher risk for developing bed sores may have limited
mobility or may have difficulty functioning without due care and assistance.
The plaintiff had undergone brain surgery in the 1980’s that left
significantly cognitively impaired,” which meant that he certainly needed additional assistance from
medical staff, but was not given that.
Federal Legislature to Prevent Bed Sores
The U.S. government has implemented standards of care that all medical
care facilities, from nursing homes to large hospitals must abide by.
In the plaintiff’s case, St. Vincent ignored his pleas for help
and did little to monitor and prevent the development of his bed sores.
He was promised a special mattress and a boot to keep him from placing
pressure on his heels, but these were never supplied to him. Another complaint
was that the hospital falsified details in his medical record.
Ultimately, the jury looked kindly upon the plaintiff’s case and
awarded him a winning verdict. According to attorney, Tom Rhodes: "We
are very proud of this jury. This hospital had clearly reckless conduct
and they really didn't have anyone come in to defend their recklessness.
The jury made a statement that this has to stop."
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