Bed Sores and Other Pressure Ulcers
When hospitals, physicians, and nurses are negligent and do not move a patient that cannot move him or herself, pressure ulcers can develop. Often referred to as pressure sores or bed sores, pressure ulcers are painful wounds that create a serious risk for infection. Essentially, when the body is in the same position for too long, the skin on areas of high pressure (the buttocks and heals, for example) degrades. In serious cases, the fat, muscle and even bone can degrade as well. Pressure sores are highly litigated. Pressure sore and bedsore lawsuits are the second most common cause of civil suits alleging medical malpractice — superseded only by wrongful death suits. Serious pressure sores - those that begin to degrade the flesh - should never happen. Serious pressure ulcers are "never events" according to CMS.
If you or a loved one have spent time in a hospital and developed a pressure sore, lawyers from Hoffer & Sheremet can offer you a free case review to explore the merits of your case. You can read more about pressure ulcers and bedsore litigation below.
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