A Westchester County jury returned a $2.2 million dollar verdict against Westchester Medical Center located in Valhalla, NY and one of its physicians for allowing Eric Trainor, a 30 year-old quadriplegic and former contractor, to develop bedsores (pressure sores, decubiti) that progressed to Stage IV. Mr. Trainor was involved in a car accident on the way to a construction job back in 2005, which resulted in a spinal cord injury and quadraplegia.
From the crash site, he was taken to Westchester Medical Center where the bedsores developed. The Stage IV wounds on his back and buttocks progressed all the way down to the bone. The plaintiff argued at trial that the development of the sores delayed his physical therapy and left him without the opportunity to build upper-body strength.
The attorneys at Gallivan & Gallivan aggressively represent individuals who have developed bedsores (pressure sores, decubitus ulcers) in hospitals or nursing homes. As we have discussed on the New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog many times before, bedsores are preventable with appropriate care in almost all circumstances. If you or a loved one has been neglected, please contact us.
Crash victim awarded $2.2M for bedsores from hospital stay, Journal News, Rebecca Baker, October 5, 2009.