A lawsuit filed in Nevada seeks to affirm an arbitration award of $4.5 million to the family of a woman that died in a Las Vegas nursing home of complications from bed sores, skin breakdown, and dehydration.
As the article explained, the deceased resided in the nursing home for less than three weeks while recovering from a stroke.
An award that high is sure to draw much ire from nursing home supporters, but in cases such as these, it is crucial to keep in mind that pressure sores are among the most preventable injuries imaginable — indeed, they almost never occur unless someone neglects a patient, refusing to asses a patient’s medical needs, re-position immobile patients, or making sure they are adequately hydrated. Only large awards such as these can properly account for such avoidable tragedies.
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