Stage IV 8cm Pressure Ulcer Leads To Six Figure Settlement By Home Health Provider
A 55 year-old patient had mild mental retardation and was unable to care for herself. While in the care of a home health provider, home health staff permitted the patient to develop severe pressure ulcers on her sacrum, hips, and heels. When the patient was examined at the hospital, she was noted to have a large sacral decubitus, pressure ulcers on her hips bilaterally, and pressure ulcers on her heels. The patient’s sacral pressure ulcer (bed sore, decubitus ulcer, pressure sore) was mixed with stool, noted likely to be infected, and was the probable source for osteomyelitis. The sacral pressure ulcer (bed sore, decubitus ulcer, pressure sore) was identified to be stage IV, measured approximately 8 cm in diameter, and required debridement.
Pressure ulcers on the patient’s hips were likewise noted at the hospital to be covered with black eschar. The patient was diagnosed with sepsis and hyponatremia secondary to dehydration, was anemic, and required blood transfusions. After being hospitalized, the patient was transferred to a nursing home, where she required a wound vac for the sacral and hip pressure ulcers.
The patient’s family contacted us to pursue claims against the home health provider for failing to prevent and treat properly the patient’s pressure ulcers. We were able to obtain a significant six figure settlement for the patient to compensate her for her past and future pressure ulcer injuries and to provide for her future medical needs. The amount of the settlement is kept confidential at the request of the home health provider.
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.
Posted on Fri, July 18, 2014
by Melissa Small