Woman Sues Hospital for a Pattern of Negligent Care

A lawsuit accusing a hospital of negligent care including failure to change medical tubing and letting bedsores become infected, has been transferred to the U.S. District Court. The suit claims that hospital's long-term acute care center failed to properly care for a man, who was a resident for about two months when he was recovering from pneumonia.

The man's stay was supposed to last just two weeks but extended to six when his health became worse, according to the lawsuit. He was eventually moved to another hospital, where he later died.

The man's wife says in the lawsuit that the care facility made numerous errors, including giving her husband aspirin and Tylenol when he was on an anticoagulant, a drug combination that caused rectal bleeding. That led to two surgeries and several blood transfusions because he had lost so much blood, the lawsuit says.

Nurses failed to turn him, and he developed bed sores that went all the way to the bone, according to the lawsuit. The man's arm and genitals started to swell a month into his stay, and his wife discovered his catheter hadn't been changed since his admission three weeks before, according to the suit. When he was moved to another hospital, he was diagnosed with having a staph infection in his bedsores and lungs, according to the lawsuit. 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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