Critical care physicians, also known as intensive care physicians, deal with the management of critically ill patients. These medical professionals are trained to recognize emergent conditions and describe appropriate intervention for those being treated in the ICU. These physicians must be competent in a broad range of medical conditions and also with the devices and technological procedures used in critical care settings. Life threatening conditions are seen in the ICU. If treatment fails, allegations of medical malpractice may arise. In these cases, the critical care expert witness is retained to evaluate causation.
In the news, a jury awarded $7.7M to plaintiff Michael Webb and his wife over allegations of medical negligence brought against Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. Presbyterian Hospital is a 453-bed acute care hospital located in the center of Albuquerque and part of the not-for-profit Presbyterian Healthcare Services. While being treated for complications from knee surgery, Webb suffered serious pressure ulcers in the hospital’s intensive care unit. The complaint alleges that while Webb was unconscious, he spent days without being moved often enough, resulting in stage 4 pressure ulcers. At stage 4, the pressure sore is very deep, reaching into muscle and bone and causing extensive damage. Webb can no longer work and his wife has to provide him with ongoing medical care.
Pressure ulcers or bedsores can develop quickly. MedlinePlus.gov tells us that pressure sores are areas of damaged skin caused by staying in one position for too long. They can cause serious infections, some of which are life threatening.
The critical care expert witness is commonly needed in medical malpractice cases such as this. These physicians are experienced in the management of critically ill patients. When plaintiffs argue a lapse in the medical standard of care in the ICU, the expert witness is able to analyze the nature of the life threatening medical condition and offer a reasoned and unbiased opinion. Contact ELITE Medical Experts to retain the critical care expert witness best suited to your case.