Pressure Ulcer Deteriorates, Family Sues for Generous Settlement

An 94 year old woman was admitted to a Virginia nursing home. The female patient was noted to be of high risk for developing pressure ulcers based on a medical history that included dementia, generalized weakness, skin breakdown, and scattered scabs/scars. She was also non-ambulatory, incontinent of bowel and bladder, and required extensive to total assistance from staff for all aspects of her care, including turning and repositioning in bed and chair.

On admission to the nursing home, our client had a pressure ulcer on her left heel that measured 2.5 cm x 3.0 cm and a pressure ulcer on her right heel that measured 3.0 cm x 2.0 cm. During her stay, the patient's left heel ulcer was permitted to deteriorate; the right heel ulcer resolved. The elderly female patient was also permitted to develop a sacral pressure ulcer, and that pressure ulcer was permitted by nursing home staff to deteriorate. Medical staff failed to provide the elderly resident with proper pressure ulcer treatment, which eventually led to her decline in health. 

The patient’s family contacted us to pursue claims against the nursing home and its owners and operators. We were able to obtain a generous settlement award for the patient.

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