Man Dies from Sepsis under Nursing Home Rehabilitation Care, Settlement Awarded

One man’s death by sepsis following admission to a nursing home rehabilitation center resulted in a generous lawsuit settlement. The decedent had some preexisting medical conditions, such as diabetes and amputation below his knee; however, at the time of admission his body was free from pressure ulcers.

Three weeks following admission to the rehabilitation facility, the man was admitted to a hospital where it was determined he developed a stage two pressure ulcer. When he was discharged from the hospital and readmitted to the rehabilitation facility, the existing pressure ulcer deteriorated and more ulcers appeared. Documentation demonstrated poor turning and re-positioning of the man, resulting in severe unrelieved pressure. For more, read the story.