In 2007, a nursing home resident passed away partially due to an infected bedsore. The 67-year-old resident initially developed the bedsore as a result of back surgery she underwent at Northeast Baptist Hospital. She had back surgery to correct issues that arose after she accidentally fell.
Once the surgery was completed, the woman was transferred to Heartland of San Antonio to begin her rehabilitation process. Once the woman was in the care of a San Antonio physician at the hospital, her bedsore allegedly continued to worsen. The bedsore grew to an alarming size and became severely infected. The woman passed away on October 2007, and the bedsore was listed as a contributing factor in her death.
The woman’s adult children filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Heartland of San Antonio, as well as their mother’s residing physician. Trial for the malpractice suit began on Tuesday, October 16. Prior to the start of the trial, Heartland and the plaintiffs agreed on a settlement in the case. The amount of compensation that was agreed upon was not disclosed.
The San Antonio physician is denying any wrongdoing in his patient’s death. According to the suit, the physician chose to neglect examining the nursing home patient personally, and passed off that responsibility through exams called “chart rounds.” These exams are merely observations made by nurses. The plaintiffs are hoping that a jury in civil court will determine that the doctor acted negligently in the treatment of their mother’s bedsore.