Ulster County Patient Suffering From Gruesome Bedsores For One Month Awarded $500,000

An appellate court covering Ulster County upheld a jury verdict which awarded $500,000 for one month of pain and suffering to the family of a patient who died due to unrelated complications of cancer. The patient was admitted to Kingston Hospital for cancer care but the evidence revealed that the medical care was less than adequate. The appellate court agreed that it was appropriate to allow the jury to hear testimony of a registered nurse with 35 years of experience treating patients with bedsores. This nurse explained that Kingston Hospital neglected to order an air mattress or even turn the patient every two hours which would have prevented the bedsores from developing or worsening.

The nursing expert also testified that the standard of care was violated by the hospital's failure to "properly and consistently calculate the patient's Braden score which predicts a patient's risk of developing pressure ulcers." A family member testified that the decedent's pain was so bad he couldn't walk and the hospital record documented that he complained of 10/10 pain in his buttocks and lower back. Gruesome photos were showed to the jury of the conditions that required multiple surgical procedures to remove necrotic skin tissues. O'Connor v. Kingston Hospital, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 08207

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