Family Says Hospital Changed Records to Cover Up Neglect

The family of an woman who developed bedsores while in the hospital have claimed that employees at the facility attempted to conceal their neglect by deliberately mischaracterizing her bedsores as a skin rash, according to a lawsuit filed last month.

The woman's daughter alleges that the medical center recklessly allowed her mother to develop bedsores by letting her lie in her own bodily waste for prolonged periods. The 64-year-old woman did not suffer from any bedsores or skin breakdown at the time of her admission in October 2010, but quickly developed severe sores, the lawsuit alleges.
It is also alleged that the facility allowed the sores to worsen by failing to properly turn and clean her, the complaint says.

The family has also claimed that the employees of the hospital deliberately attempted to cover up the properly documented bedsores, by “recharacterizing” them as a regular skin rash. The woman's family removed her from the hospital when her condition had deteriorated beyond the point of treatment. She passed away the very next day. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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