Care Home Operator Sentenced to Jail After Resident Dies with 17 Pressure Ulcers

The operator of a care home was sentenced to  90 days in jail after neglecting an 86-year-old man, who died four years ago after being taken to the hospital with bedsores (aka bed sores, pressure sores, pressure ulcers, decubitus sores, decubitus ulcers) covering the back of his body. The facility's operator was also placed on five years' probation and ordered to pay  a $15,709 fine.

The operator pleaded no contest to a charge of second-degree assault for causing serious bodily injury to the patient "by omission," said the Deputy Attorney General. According to court records, the care home resident was admitted to the facility after suffering a stroke that left him immobile and unable to speak in July 2007.

The man died Oct. 15, 2007, three days after being sent to the hospital due to unresponsiveness. St the hospital, doctors discovered that the man had 17 bedsores, including some that went through tendon to the bone, and gangrene was found on one heel.

After please from the operator not to put her in jail, the judge noted that the 90-day term was less than the twenty months she faced if she had been convicted in a trial. The operator was allowed to serve the jail term on weekends beginning immediately. 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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