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St. Louis medical facilities accused of negligence by allegedly failing to properly treat patient

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 5, 2017

ST. LOUIS — A patient is suing medical facilities, citing alleged medical negligence by failing to meet required standard of due care.

Alejandro Rivas filed a complaint on May 31 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, SSM Health Care Corp. and St. Louis University alleging that the defendants failed its duty to prevent, address, assess or provide care for plaintiff's bottom/sacral pressure ulcers.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between Dec. 6 and Dec. 24, 2015, he was placed into medically induced coma as a result of the injuries he sustained in an automobile collision. During his recovery, the plaintiff claims he was placed on a metal bed with a vinyl cover with no mattress or other cushioned support. Despite his family's efforts to request for a mattress or cushion, they were allegedly ignored, resulting in irritation, infection and necrotic pressures sores on the bottom/sacral area of his body. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to appropriately protect its patients; failed to provide its agents, servants or employees with the proper training for wound care identification, assessment, treatment and management; and failed to follow the hospital's own written policies, procedures, rules, regulation and guidelines governing patient care.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgement for actual or ostensible amount that is fair and reasonable, together with all costs incurred and expended, and for such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper. He is represented by Bryan J. Sanger of Mandel and Mandel LLP in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC01431

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