Nursing Home Man's Paralyzing Fall and Subsequent Bedsores Lead to His Death

Family members of one nursing home resident alleged that the mans two different nursing homes acted negligently when they failed to provide adequate health care for the 87-year-old man, who died in November 2005 of a blood infection.

The man fell and fractured his neck during a transfer from his wheelchair, an accident that left him bedridden; he then developed severe pressure ulcers (bed sores or decubitus ulcers) that worsened over a period of months, and led to a fatal case of gangrene in his leg.

The family alleged that the wheelchair transfer and the treatment of his bedsores were inadequate. The two facilities and the family agreed on a settlement of the case late last week. 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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