Jury Favors Family After Elderly Man Dies From Infected Pressure Ulcers

A jury sided with the widow of an 88-year-old man who died of complications from an infected bedsore (also known as pressure ulcer, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer, and decubitus sore) the size of a baseball. The lawsuit was awarded last week against a company with nursing homes in eight states and a total of 4,000 beds.

The lawsuit alleged that the nursing home hid the seriousness of the man's bedsores from his family. Before he developed the wound, the resident, who had Parkinson's disease, could walk to the cafeteria with assistance. The wound caused him to stop eating, drinking and walking and he became bed-bound and unresponsive.

In the fall of 2010, an aide told the man's son about the severe bedsores, which were severely infected. The employee said he was worried that he may be fired but he was more concerned about the resident's condition. When the man's son requested that he be sent to the hospital, facility administrators protested, saying that he should be cared for at the nursing home. Hospital employees said the man was dehydrated and malnourished and that the bedsores were a factor in his death. 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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