Man blames Charleston Area Medical Center for pressure ulcers

By Kyla Asbury | Oct 29, 2013

Charleston Area Medical Center

CHARLESTON - A man is suing Charleston Area Medical Center Inc. after he claims he suffered pressure ulcers while in its care.

On March 14, 2012, Charles E. Lester was admitted to CAMC for the purposes of receiving skilled medical care and treatment in the form of an exploratory laparotomy and repair of an anterior duodenal wall ulcer, according to a complaint filed Oct. 16 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Lester claims during his admission, the hospital failed to properly identify his risk for pressure ulcers and skin breakdowns and failed to provide adequate pressure relief measures.

As a result of these failures, Lester suffered from injuries, which included but were not limited to, pressure ulcers, skin breakdowns and infection, according to the suit.

Lester claims the defendant's negligence and carelessness substantially caused serious injuries to him, resulting in pain and suffering.

As a result of the defendant's negligence, Lester sustained bodily injuries resulting in pain and suffering; mental anguish; inconvenience; physical impairment; loss of capacity for enjoyment of life; aggravation of existing diseases and physical defects; and incurred medical expenses, according to the suit.

Lester is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He is being represented by Sprague W. Hazard of the Bell Law Firm PLLC and Kevin W. Hughart of Hughart Law Office.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Tod J. Kaufman.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 13-C-1939

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