Ruth Boles, of Jefferson County, Texas, has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court against Christus Health Southeast Texas, dba Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.
According to the lawsuit, Boles was admitted to Christus for eleven days and suffered skin breakdown on her right elbow and on the sacral. She was released from the hospital but back in the Christus less than a week later where doctors found the areas to be second- and third-degree decubitus ulcers.
Boles claims in the lawsuit that after months of treatment the sacral ulcer healed, however, doctors “believed the ulcer had caused permanent nerve damage to her wrist, and recommended a complicated surgical procedure to restore feeling to Ms. Boles’s right hand. The surgery, partially successful, has left Ms. Boles with severe parathesias and permanent loss of strength in her right hand.”
The lawsuit says “Sending a primarily sedentary patient home with potential Stage 1 sores or with open wounds on their skin without any wound care instruction at all is a gross breach of the standard of care and completely unacceptable.”
The lawsuit seeks punitive damages, interest, attorney’s fees, and costs.