Dudensing Law helps loved ones reach $4 million settlement against a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTAHC) in California after a family member died from pressure sores

June 10, 2024
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Dudensing Law secured a $4 million settlement in April 2024 on behalf of a victim who died from complications related to pressure sores while under the care of a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTAHC) in California.

In 2017, a 72-year-old patient was admitted to the facility at issue following a diagnosis of quadriplegia. Because of this condition, she was known to be at high risk for developing pressure sores, yet the staff failed to take proper precautions to prevent sores from developing. The staff neglected medical advice to turn and reposition the patient over 75% of the time during day and night shifts. By the time the resident was discharged from the facility and treated at a hospital, the infected sores were too advanced for her to recover from, leading to her death.

The gaps in the resident’s care stem directly from understaffing found at the facility. Without enough personnel on duty, crucial care routines are missed, and resident safety is put at stake. The facility failed to uphold its duty of care for the individual entrusted to it and caused immense harm to the victim’s family and loved ones.

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