On December 15th, in the Supreme Court of Richmond County, a jury awarded $500,000 to the estate of Salvatore Palmieri, in a verdict against defendant Staten Island University Hospital. Doolan Platt & Setareh, LLP had filed suit against Staten Island University Hospital, after our client, Mr. Palmieri, developed pressure ulcers (also referred to as pressure sores and bedsores) during a hospital stay in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, Mr. Palmieri was admitted to Staten Island University Hospital with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Following a successful surgery, he was at high risk for developing pressure ulcers. Due to a lack of, and improper, care, Mr. Palmieri did develop pressure ulcers, which grew while he was confined to his bed. These ulcers continued to worsen, until he passed away in 2010.
For patients and residents who are less mobile or immobile, pressure ulcers are a major issue in hospitals and nursing homes. If you or a loved one is at risk for, or has developed, pressure ulcers, make sure the nursing home or hospital staff are implementing measures to prevent or treat them.