I do not practice in CA so this information is being provided for educational purposes.
You should consult an attorney because it sounds like you may have a case. Your attorney will want to know if nursing staff did a skin breakdown assessment or Braden scale and whether they institute an inspection and repositioning plan.
Most of the time bed sores are preventable.
I am not licensed in CA and can offer you only general advice. It is very unusual for you to have multople "bedsores" including sores in areas that are not pressure points within four days. That factor may hurt you in a claim for medical negligence. In medical malpractice cases you have to prove that a deviation from the standard of care (in this case the failure to turn you) caused permanent, significant damages. If you have ulcers in areas that were not caused by the fallure to turn, it would be difficult for your experts to testify that you would not have gotten these sores even if you had been turned.
You will need to contact a lawyer in CA. In Florida, it is very difficult to proceed in a case like yours against a hospital. I am wonderinf if you also have other conditions which might have increased your chances for getting sores, such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, etc. When you contact a local attorney, be sure to relay those facts as well as the ones you have shared with us.
As I am licensed in Florida and Vermont, I cannot offer you specific advice as to California law. However, generally, the condition you describe would lead me to believe that there has been medical negligence committed by the hospital staff or your Dr. You should immediately contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in your area. It will be very important to secure copies of the digital photographs taken by the nurses. You should make your attorney aware that photographs were taken so that he or she can take steps to secure them if you do not already have copies yourself. Do not delay in seeking counsel.
I am a California attorney and have no clue why a bunch of non California attorneys who are not legally allowed to give legal advice on California law are posting on here.
Call me for a free consultation. I am located in Chatsworth, and do medical malpractice all over the State of California.
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