91 Year Old Patient Dies From Pressure Ulcer, Sepsis, Organ Failure, Pneumonia, Nursing Home Settles

Months after being admitted to a nursing home, a 91 year old female patient was permitted to develop a pressure ulcer over her right hip. The pressure ulcer was noted to have “green” discharge. Weeks later, the pressure ulcer was open and demonstrated purulent discharge.

The patient was not admitted to a hospital until two months later. When she was hospitalized, the pressure ulcer had deteriorated with significant tunneling. The patient was noted to be pale, her oxygen saturation was 77%, and she was diagnosed with bacteremia. The patient was later diagnosed with sepsis, multi-system organ failure, and pneumonia and died a week later.

The family hired us to prosecute claims against the nursing home for failure to prevent and treat properly the patient’s pressure ulcer. 

We were able to obtain for the family a substantial settlement that, at the nursing home’s request, remains confidential.


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.