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Intensive care patient suffers Stage IV bedsores, septic shock and malnutrition causing quadriplegia

Location: Pike County, Kentucky

Plaintiff: A 68-year-old woman
Defendant: A hospital
Amount: Confidential settlement
Alleged Injuries: Gross negligence, carelessness, deviation from accepted standards of care, loss of spousal consortium and breach of contract after a woman was admitted to the hospital and developed multiple stage IV pressure ulcers, malnutrition, septic shock, and functional quadriplegia

Description:  A 68-year-old woman walked into the hospital under her own power with complaints of nausea, vomiting, and chest tightness. She was admitted in-patient to be treated for respiratory failure. Over the course of the next month at the hospital, grossly substandard provision of care by the intensive unit caused multiple stage IV pressure ulcers, malnutrition, septic shock, and functional quadriplegia.

Protracted litigation resulted in a confidential settlement for the intensive care unit’s gross negligence and loss of spousal consortium.

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