Suit Alleges Patient Developed Fatal Bedsore While in Nursing Home

Anna Burkhart, 90, was admitted to Oradell Health Care Center for care after she suffered a fractured hip on October 30, 2014. While a patient, Ms. Burkhart developed a large, painful bedsore, which ultimately caused her death. Her family has filed suit.

Martha Anne Richter, Ms. Burkhart’s daughter, has alleged her mother was kept in a hospital bed at Oradell for over 100 days, which was when her insurance ran out. She further alleged that the physicians and staff at Oradell failed to notice and treat the bedsore as it worsened. It was not until Ms. Burkhart was discharged and was at home that the bedsore was discovered.

Ms. Burkhart was taken to Englewood Hospital, where doctors determined she had a Stage 4 decubitus ulcer. The ulcer had progressed to the point of causing Ms. Burkhart to be septic. She was sent back home, where she died in the care of hospice workers. Ms. Richter has alleged her mother’s death was caused by complications from the bedsore. According to the suit, “there was inadequate staff supervision, understaffing and the intentional underutilization of critical services.”

When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.

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