Louisiana medical facilities have many required policies in place to prevent bed sores, skin breakdown and patient falls. Unfortunately, polices are only effective when enforced and implemented by medical staff. When staff fail to adhere to policy, patient harm may occur. A family in another state lost a loved one after a fatal fall, and the family is likely using a personal injury attorney to advise them in their medical malpractice lawsuit against the facility.
According to records, the 80-year-old patient, a Korean War veteran, suffered several strokes while in the facility’s care. Due to the patient’s diabetes, he also required a partial leg amputation. Between the amputation, strokes and multiple falls from wheelchairs and beds, the patient was considered to have a high risk for falls. Despite this risk, a nursing assistant did not secure his bed rail, and the patient suffered a fatal fall. In addition to multiple falls under the facility’s care, the patient also suffered a bed sore and other skin breakdown due to alleged negligent repositioning.
The California Department of Public Health determined the patient’s death was a result of his fall. The facility was fined $100,000 and given the worst citation a facility can receive for negligence. According records, the fine and citation are not the first for the facility.
Unfortunately, bedsores and patient falls are not uncommon in some medical facilities. It is understandably disturbing for a family to discover that their loved one may have suffered due to another person’s negligence. Personal injury attorneys in Louisiana can advise families of their rights and options to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in civil court.
Source: bakersfield.com, “Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Bakersfield hospital in connection with patient’s death“, Jason Kotowski, July 27, 2017