Families of six patients allegedly suffering from negligent hospital care have filed lawsuits against Nashville-based Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). The hospital where the injuries and negligent care occurred was Memorial Hospital in Duval County, Florida.
Hospital neglect is said to be the cause of bedsores in five patients. Another patient was nearly blinded.
A Jacksonville, TN-based personal injury law firm has taken up the medical malpractice lawsuit, stating, “It’s about putting profits ahead of patients’ interest.”
Nashville, TN-based HCA is the U.S.’s largest for-profit hospital company. It claims the hospital did no wrong.
Bedsores, all too common in nursing home neglect cases, are preventable with reasonable staffing and medical care. Bedsores are classified in the same medical category as operating on the patient and sexual assault. This category of medical malpractice is known as “never events.” There are 28 of these inexcusable outcomes defined as “adverse events that are serious, largely preventable, and of concern to both the public and health care providers for the purpose of public accountability.” One patient in the neglect lawsuit had to have skin carved from her back after a bedsore, also called a pressure ulcer, killed off the surrounding skin, turning this skin black.
While unusual and unacceptable, her bedsore is not uncommon. It developed in her lower back, a bony area where the pelvis meets the mattress. Another of the five bedsore victims developed her bedsore after a special bed was not on-hand and delayed in delivery.
When it comes to these never events, the acceptable rate of occurrence is never. If your loved one suffered the pain and injury of bedsores from their stay in a Tennessee hospital, I encourage you to contact our Nashville, TN offices.