Judge Upholds Jury Award in Nursing Home Bed Sore Death

A judge has upheld a large jury award in the death of an elderly woman who suffered from multiple bed sores (also known as pressure sores, decubitus sores, pressure ulcers, and decubitus ulcers) at an assisted living facility.  This week the judge said that Emeritus Senior Living Corporation was guilty of a "high degree of reprehensibility" in the care it provided to the elderly patient.

The Alzheimer's patient suffered from bed sores when she stayed at the company's assisted living facility five years ago. She died within a few months of leaving the facility. The pressure ulcers were listed as a substantial factor in her death. The company was found liable for elder abuse and wrongful death in a jury trial earlier this year.

Emeritus is a large assisted living company with facilities nationwide. The judge said the company officials were aware of a lack of training and inappropriate staffing levels in the memory care unit. They were also aware the facility accepted patients which they did not have the resources to care for. A spokesperson for the company says they plan to appeal the verdict. 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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