Nursing Home Patient's Stage IV 17cm Pressure Ulcer Leads To Generous Settlement For Patient's Family

A 76 year old male patient admitted to a Central Virginia nursing home, was at a high risk for developing pressure ulcers due to prior falls, fall-related injuries, surgery, and other medical conditions and limitations. On admission the patient did not have any pressure ulcers. Within weeks at the nursing home, the patient developed a stage IV pressure ulcer (pressure sores, bed sore, decubitus ulcer). The sacral pressure ulcer measured 8 cm x 6 cm. Thereafter, the sacral pressure ulcer deteriorated and developed eschar with foul smelling, purulent drainage. The patient’s physician issued a warning for “impending sepsis” as a result of the pressure ulcer.

The patient was also at the nursing home permitted to develop a stage III pressure ulcer on his right heel which, after debridement, revealed full thickness necrosis down to subcutaneous fat. By that time, the sacral pressure ulcer had also deteriorated to dimensions of 17 cm x 10 cm with a depth of 3.6 cm and demonstrated considerable undermining, extensive necrosis, foul odor, and purulent drainage. When the sacral pressure ulcer was documented to have dimensions of 13.7 cm x 9.2 cm, the patient was discharged from the nursing home and died just one month later.

The family contacted us to pursue claims against the nursing home for failing to provide proper pressure ulcer prevention and treatment. We were able to obtain a generous settlement for the patient’s family, which is confidential at the nursing home’s request.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.