When a hospital patient remains in one position for a lengthy amount of time, he/she can develop painful bedsores, also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers. Although hospital policy requires staff members to monitor patients to prevent bedsores, there are many occasions when preventative measures have not been taken. Once a bedsore develops, failure to treat the injury can worsen to the point of infection.
If you or a loved one have suffered bedsores while under the care and supervision of a healthcare provider in Texas, our Pasadena medical malpractice attorneys at Haines Law, P.C. can help you hold the negligent parties accountable and recover your entitled compensation. We understand the difficulties patients experience when suffering from bedsores and ensure that they make a full recovery from injury.
Proving Medical Malpractice in a Bedsore Case
Bedsores occur when the skin and tissue directly underneath it sustains prolonged pressure, often developing on pressure points such as buttocks, hips, elbows, knees, and ankles. Hospital staff members are required to help prevent bedsores by frequently turning patients in their beds, periodically checking on them, or providing them with a pressure relieving mattress.
Some common reasons why bedsores occur include:
- Staff fails to move the patient at least once every couple of hours
- Staff fails to inspect the patient’s body for redness
- Staff fails to fail to treat a bedsore which has been identified
- Staff fails to change the patient’s bed sheets and clothes to avoid moisture
- Staff fails to provide pressure-relieving cushions
- Hospital fails to use pressure-relieving mattresses
In order to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, the injured party must show that the health care providers attending to them failed to perform their basic job duties, the carelessness or negligence of the medical professionals lead to the injured party’s bedsores, and the injured party suffered damages as a result of the injury. Injured patients must file a lawsuit within two years after the medical malpractice incident happened.
Call an Attorney for Help with a Hospital Bedsore Case in Pasadena
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