$883,000 Jury Verdict for Failure to Prevent and Treat Pressure Sore at Hospital

William Dieser, 58, underwent surgery at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis County, Mo. Several days later, he developed a black spot on his coccyx. The black spot turned out to be a Stage IV pressure sore, which required surgery and removal of his coccyx, low back, buttocks and anus. As a result, he required dressing changes and plastic surgery over the next year.

Dieser filed a lawsuit against the hospital claiming that it chose not to prevent and properly treat the pressure sore. He alleged that the hospital staff should have timely turned him and provided adequate nutrition, among other things.

The lawsuit did not allege lost time from work. After the jury deliberated, it entered a verdict of $883,000.

The attorneys representing him at trial were Mary Coffey and Genevieve Nichols. At trial, the plaintiffs engaged an expert in internal medicine while the defense engaged a nursing expert and an internal medicine physician.

Dieser v. St. Anthony’s Medical Center, No. 12 SL-CC03428 (Mo. Cir. Ct. St. Louis County, Feb. 27, 2015).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling nursing home abuse cases, nursing home negligence cases, hospital negligence cases and medical malpractice cases for individuals and families who have been injured or killed by the negligence of a medical provider for more than 38 years, in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas including, Alsip, Blue Island, South Holland, Harvey, Worth, Calumet City, Norridge, Bensenville, Itasca, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Mount Prospect, Deerfield, Chicago (Rogers Park, Lincoln Square, Garfield Park, Chinatown, Washington Park, Hyde Park, Jackson Park, South Shore), Justice and Countryside, Ill. Robert D. Kreisman has also been a member of the Missouri bar for more than 38 years.

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