A nursing home neglect and wrongful death case involving the development of a Stage IV bedsore (pressure sore, decubitis ulcer) has been postponed by an Oregon court until 2010. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that during a 49 day admission to Evergreen Milton Freewater Health & Rehabilitation Center, Alice Train, a 90 year-old diabetic, lost the ability to walk, suffered significant weight loss, developed a severe pressure ulcer and contracted pneumonia.
Barbara Dickinson, Ms. Train’s daughter, reportedly “found her mother sitting in a wheelchair soaked in her own urine.” On a later date, while changing her mother’s diaper, she found a wound under a dressing on her tailbone. When she removed the dressing she “discovered a wound that contained necrotic (dead) tissue and exuded a putrid odor.”
Defense attorneys for Milton-Freewater requested additional time to prepare their defense.
Family seeks $7.5 million in wrongful death lawsuit, East Oregonian, Phil Wright, November 17, 2009.
The New York Bedsore Lawyers at Gallivan & Gallivan represent victims of nursing home neglect and abuse, including those that develop bedsores (pressure sores, decubitis ulcers). If you or a loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home or hospital, please contact us for a free consultation.