Woman Sues Hospital After Bed Sore Leaves Her Without Use of Her Right Arm

A woman is suing a hospital after she claims a bed sore (also known as pressure sore, pressure ulcer, decubitus sore, and decubitus ulcer) she developed while admitted caused her to lose much of the use of her right arm. The woman, who was admitted to the hospital on March 8, 2010 with complaints of respiratory distress, was placed in bilateral restraints for about 11 days, according to the complaint.

During her hospitalization, she complained to staff that she felt she was experiencing skin breakdown. Staff unfortunately failed to properly asses and treat the woman for skin breakdown. As a result, she developed a sacral pressure ulcer and a pressure ulcer on her elbow. She was released from the hospital and after months of treatment, the sacral ulcer healed, the complaint says. However, she claims the ulcer on her right elbow caused permanent nerve damage to her wrist, and required a complicated surgical procedure to restore feeling to her right hand. Following the surgery, the woman still has severe parathesias and permanent loss of strength in her right hand. 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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