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With wound care services becoming more prevalent in the home health care world, the risk of being liable for negligence has become greater for providers.
Due to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and changing demographics — among other reasons — wound care has gotten more popular among home health care providers of late. And yet, it comes alongside cautionary tales that many providers may not be completely attuned to.
“Wound care is the second most common lawsuit after a wrongful death — so that litigation is not going away.” Amy Cassata, vice president of clinical success at Swift Medical, told Home Health Care News. “The average settlement for a pressure injury malpractice lawsuit is about $250,000. About 33% of all malpractice claims are from failure to diagnose, and 87% of those are in favor of the plaintiff.”