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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Hospital Bedsores

A new lawsuit has been filed against a Maine hospital on behalf of a 60-year-old woman who died from untreated bedsores in June 2009. The lawsuit claims that the hospital’s negligence and blatant breach of standards of care caused the death. Though most medical organizations consider bedsores to be easily preventable, an alarming number of injuries and deaths have been attributed to this condition around the country.

Free Hospital Bedsore Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered from bedsore-related injuries, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

What’s the problem?

May 16, 2011 – Last month, a lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of Judith Vozzella, a 60-year-old woman who died at Portsmouth Regional Hospital after her untreated bedsores became infected with fecal contamination. The claim names the hospital as well as two physician’s assistants, Mark C. Sullivan and George K. Looser, as defendants.

The lawsuit claims that the hospital failed to treat Vozzella’s bedsores for three days after they were discovered, leaving her sedated and unable to move following surgery. Sullivan reportedly ordered Vozzella not to be turned, then did nothing to treat the bedsores. Failure to treat the wounds in a timely manner resulted in a bloodstream infection known as sepsis, which ultimately led to her death.

What Are Bedsores?

Bedsores – also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers – are wounds caused by prolonged pressure or rubbing on vulnerable areas of the body. They form when the bone squeezes the skin and tissue against an outside surface, usually on weight-bearing parts of the body where the bones are near the skin. Common sites that bedsores appear include the hips, shoulder blades, elbows, spine, knees, ankles, heels, and even between fingers and toes. The main cause of most bedsores is due to nursing home neglect or hospital negligence.

Bedsores can be categorized based on the severity of the ulcer:

  • Stage 1 Bedsores – involve irritation to the surface of the skin
  • Stage 2 Bedsores – involve blisters or shallow craters where the outer layers of skin die
  • Stage 3 Bedsores – involve the deeper layers of skin and often appear as open and bleeding wounds
  • Stage 4 Bedsores – are the most severe stage, where the pressure ulcer has gone through all layers of skin, exposing muscle and bone

Do I have a Hospital Bedsore Lawsuit?

The Medical Malpractice Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in hospital bedsore lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.

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