Care Facility Operator Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in Bed Sore Death

The operator of an elder care facility charged with involuntary manslaughter earlier this year is currently in plea negotiations with state prosecutors and remains in jail on $300,000 bond. The owner/operator of Super Home Care, was charged with felony elder abuse and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of an 88-year-old woman in her care.

According to court documents, the patient, who had been in the woman's care since 2007, died after being hospitalized with a massive stage IV pressure ulcer (also known as a pressure sore, bed sore, decubitus ulcer, and decubitus sore). The sore, located on the patient's tailbone, resulted in a fatal case of sepsis. The family was told by a doctor in the hospital that the wound was the worst he had seen in his life.

The charges are a rarity in the state, which generally does not file criminal charges against care workers. If convicted the woman could spend up to 12 years in jail. The woman had a history of citations for severe care deficiencies throughout her operation of the facility. For more, read the story.

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.

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