An Alabama jury awarded $5 million to the estate of a deceased woman as part of a verdict in a lawsuit against Montgomery’s Jackson Hospital.
The family of Alice Mae Reed said that the hospital failed to properly turn and reposition her in bed, causing her to contract a large and intense pressure ulcer on her lower back and upper left arm. According to the lawsuit, the ulcer caused her significant pain and suffering at the end of her life, as she remained largely bedridden. Reed died on Nov. 3, 2015.
The suit contended that hospital workers knew Reed was a high risk for pressure ulcers, yet did not follow its own preventive policies. During the trial, the plaintiff’s attorneys also said that the medical chart created by Jackson Hospital to document Reed’s care contained falsified entries.