Hospitals, while good-intentioned, often pose serious risks to patients. Surgeries can go wrong, conditions can go undiagnosed and incorrect medications can be prescribed. But the dangers do not stop there. After an operation, for example, neglected patients can develop bed sores. A UCLA study has shown just how dangerous these sores can be, and Miami residents should take note.

According to the study, seniors who develop bed sores are more likely to die during their stay. If a bed sore victim does not die while in the hospital, they are still more likely to remain hospitalized longer or be readmitted within 30 days. The study was conducted over a two-year period and analyzed 51,000 cases.

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of bed sores is that they are completely avoidable when medical personnel are attentive to their patients’ needs. Yet, hospital negligence is a common occurrence. When patients fall victim to this negligence and develop bed sores, patients may face, as the study states, a worsened medical condition or death.

To deal with bed sores, patients may have to go through physical and mental anguish and pay more for medical care. Fortunately, a lawsuit can help victims recover compensation for these damages. These awards can be used to pay medical expenses and to make up for any pain and suffering. In addition, such lawsuits discourage negligent conduct so that future patients will be the recipients of better care.

Hospitals are supposed to be a place where those who need care can obtain it safely. Yet, hospitals often breach this simple duty. When they do, an attorney can help victims hold these professionals responsible for the harm they have caused.

Source: LA Daily News, “UCLA-led study finds direct link between hospital bed sores and patient mortality,” Oct. 1, 2012