January 2017 

Las Vegas: Prangle and Dobbs Successfully Defend Hospital in Decubitus Ulcer Claim

HPS Attorneys Mike Prangle and Tyson Dobbs secured a defense verdict on behalf of their client, a Nevada hospital, following a seven-day trial. The plaintiff sought $250K in damages for the alleged failure of the defendants to feed and appropriately treat the quadriplegic plaintiff during a 10-day admission.  At trial the plaintiff relied heavily on a state health department investigation that corroborated his complaint, including the claim that the alleged failures in treatment caused the worsening of a sacral decubitus ulcer. 

Our team presented evidence that refuted the findings of the state investigation and undermined Plaintiff’s argument that he was ignored by the hospital staff throughout his admission.  It was further argued that notwithstanding a compromised immune system and multiple co-morbidities, the Plaintiff’s medical condition, including his pre-existing decubitus ulcer, actually improved as a consequence of quality treatment provided by the hospital.   

After deliberating for approximately 90 minutes, the jury came back with a defense verdict.