Pressure Injuries: $7.75M Jury Verdict following Complications of Knee Surgery

August 2, 2017 | Strategic Insights for Health System


A New Mexico jury awarded compensatory and punitive damages totaling almost $8 million in the case of a 44-year-old man who developed significant pressure injuries during treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU) following complications of knee surgery.

According to published reports, the patient and his wife sued the hospital, alleging that staff negligently failed to reposition him frequently enough over a period of days in the ICU, resulting in the development of multiple stage 4 pressure injuries on his buttocks. The man is now unable to work; he has pain and...

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