In early 2011, Maine resident Robert Vozzella filed a lawsuit against Portsmouth Regional Hospital (PRH) arguing that the medical facility was responsible for his wife's death. According to the Seacoast Online, a web-based newspaper, his case was settled out of court last Wednesday.
Vozzella's suit hinged around his wife Judith's treatment at the New Hampshire hospital following a stroke in 2009. According to the source, after an emergency surgery, a physician's assistant ordered that she not be turned over for a period of time. Judith was reportedly left unmoved and unconscious for three days, which resulted in a large bedsore forming on her back. Vozzella argued that once the ulcer was discovered, her medical team "took only insufficient and non-aggressive steps to address the progressive and worsening ulcers."
Over the next two months, Judith received numerous back surgeries and eventually died from complications stemming from the back sores.
Judith was 60 years old when she was admitted to PRH, and Vozzella had argued that her premature death was the direct result of negligent care from the hospital's staff. His suit sought monetary damages for wrongful death, his wife's injuries and death, and his own suffering, but did not disclose a specific amount.
The case was set to begin trial at the U.S. District Court in New Hampshire next month when the settlement was announced. Neither party would comment on the settlement amount or if PRH admitted any responsibility for Judith's death. Vozzella's lawyer merely told the newspaper that the case "was resolved."
If you believe that your loved one's death could have been avoided, consider speaking with an experienced New Hampshire lawyer about your case. These professionals can advise you and help you seek damages that you may be entitled to in court.