Suit alleges preventable bedsore led to amputation

David Yates Aug. 4, 2010, 10:11am

While in the care of Clairmont Beaumont, Richard Neumann developed a bedsore on his right heel. As a result, his leg was amputated. Neumann died a year later.

Claiming the bedsore was preventable, Neumann's benefactor, David Neumann, filed a lawsuit against Clairmont on July 30 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court papers show that Neumann was admitted to Clairmont on April 14, 2009, for rehabilitation for a total left hip replacement from a previous fall. A week later, he developed the bedsore.

"As a result of the preventable bedsore, Neumann's right leg below the knee was amputated ... on July 9, 2009," the suit states. "Neumann ultimately died on July 10."

The suit accuses Clairmont of negligently failing to turn Neumann and prevent the bedsore.

The plaintiff is suing for Neumann's past and future mental anguish, emotional pain, medical expenses and impairment.

He is represented by Beaumont attorney Adam Terrell of the Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell law firm.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E187-440

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