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  • Nursing Home Patient's Stage IV 17cm Pressure Ulcer Leads To Generous Settlement For Patient's Family

    A 76 year old male patient admitted to a Central Virginia nursing home, was at a high risk for developing pressure ulcers due to prior falls, fall-related injuries, surgery, and other medical conditions and limitations. On admission the patient did not have any pressure ulcers. Within weeks at the nursing home, the patient developed a stage IV pressure ulcer (pressure sores, bed sore, decubitus ulcer). The sacral pressure ulcer measured 8 cm x 6 cm. Thereafter, the sacral pressure ulcer deteriorated and developed eschar with foul smelling, purulent drainage. The patient’s physician issued a warning for “impending sepsis” as a result of the pressure ulcer.

    The patient was also at the nursing home permitted to develop a stage III pressure ulcer on his right heel which, after debridement, revealed full thickness necrosis down to subcutaneous fat. By that time, the sacral pressure ulcer had also deteriorated to dimensions of 17 cm x 10 cm with a depth of 3.6 cm and demonstrated considerable undermining, extensive necrosis, foul odor, and purulent drainage. When the sacral pressure ulcer was documented to have dimensions of 13.7 cm x 9.2 cm, the patient was discharged from the nursing home and died just one month later.

    The family contacted us to pursue claims against the nursing home for failing to provide proper pressure ulcer prevention and treatment. We were able to obtain a generous settlement for the patient’s family, which is confidential at the nursing home’s request.

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    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.


  • Stage IV 8cm Pressure Ulcer Leads To Six Figure Settlement By Home Health Provider

    A 55 year-old patient had mild mental retardation and was unable to care for herself. While in the care of a home health provider, home health staff permitted the patient to develop severe pressure ulcers on her sacrum, hips, and heels. When the patient was examined at the hospital, she was noted to have a large sacral decubitus, pressure ulcers on her hips bilaterally, and pressure ulcers on her heels. The patient’s sacral pressure ulcer (bed sore, decubitus ulcer, pressure sore) was mixed with stool, noted likely to be infected, and was the probable source for osteomyelitis. The sacral pressure ulcer (bed sore, decubitus ulcer, pressure sore) was identified to be stage IV, measured approximately 8 cm in diameter, and required debridement.

    Pressure ulcers on the patient’s hips were likewise noted at the hospital to be covered with black eschar. The patient was diagnosed with sepsis and hyponatremia secondary to dehydration, was anemic, and required blood transfusions. After being hospitalized, the patient was transferred to a nursing home, where she required a wound vac for the sacral and hip pressure ulcers.

    The patient’s family contacted us to pursue claims against the home health provider for failing to prevent and treat properly the patient’s pressure ulcers. We were able to obtain a significant six figure settlement for the patient to compensate her for her past and future pressure ulcer injuries and to provide for her future medical needs. The amount of the settlement is kept confidential at the request of the home health provider.

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    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.


  • Patient Falls, Dies From Injuries, Nursing Home Settles At Six-Figures

    A 69-year-old female patient was admitted to a hospital on a stretcher. The patient fell from the stretcher to the ground. While the patient was on the stretcher, medical transport staff permitted the stretcher to roll downhill, hit a sidewalk, and overturn. As a result of the fall, the patient sustained a right clavicle fracture.

    Weeks later, the patient sustained another fall, this time at the nursing home to which she was admitted after her hospitalization. As a result of the fall, the patient sustained a mandible fracture. The patient had to be transferred to another hospital for consultation concerning the mandible fracture. 

    The consulting hospital recommended non-operative treatment, and the patient was returned to the nursing home, where, on return, the fall team recommended and put into place a low bed with fall mats and a concave mattress.

    Shortly thereafter, the patient fell while being transferred by nursing home staff, which was not using a hoyer (mechanical) lift as they were required to do. As a result of the fall, the patient sustained a fracture of her left femur with 80 degrees angulation. The left leg fracture was caused by the fall. The patient died just three weeks later. The death certificate identified the fall and leg fracture as the patient’s immediate cause of death.

    The patient’s family hired us to pursue claims against the medical transport and nursing home for failing to provide the patient with proper fall prevention. We were able to obtain a generous six-figure settlement for the family, the amount of which is confidential at the nursing home’s request.

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    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.


  • High Risk Patient Falls In Room Alone Causing Fracture, Nursing Home Settles


    A 72-year-old female was admitted as a patient to a nursing home. On admission, the patient was a high fall risk. Within months of admission, the nursing home permitted the patient to fall in the bathroom, where she had been left by an aide without proper supervision.

    As a result of the fall, the patient sustained an impacted left hip fracture. The patient required hospitalization and surgical fixation of the fracture.

    The patient’s family hired us to prosecute claims against the nursing home for failing to prevent the patient’s fall, fracture, and resulting disability. We were able to obtain a generous six-figure settlement for the patient.

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    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.



  • Fracture Leads To Settlement

    An 83-year-old female patient was assaulted at a nursing home by another patient, whom the nursing home knew posed a danger to all other patients at the nursing home. The offending patient pushed our client to the floor and caused her to sustain left and right pelvis fractures.

    As a result of the assault and fractures, the patient became less mobile, was more dependent with activities of daily living, and required physical therapy and narcotic pain medications. The patient’s family hired us to pursue claims against the nursing home for failing to protect the patient’s safety. We were able to obtain a generous six-figure settlement for the patient.

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    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.


  • 91 Year Old Patient Dies From Pressure Ulcer, Sepsis, Organ Failure, Pneumonia, Nursing Home Settles

    Months after being admitted to a nursing home, a 91 year old female patient was permitted to develop a pressure ulcer over her right hip. The pressure ulcer was noted to have “green” discharge. Weeks later, the pressure ulcer was open and demonstrated purulent discharge.

    The patient was not admitted to a hospital until two months later. When she was hospitalized, the pressure ulcer had deteriorated with significant tunneling. The patient was noted to be pale, her oxygen saturation was 77%, and she was diagnosed with bacteremia. The patient was later diagnosed with sepsis, multi-system organ failure, and pneumonia and died a week later.

    The family hired us to prosecute claims against the nursing home for failure to prevent and treat properly the patient’s pressure ulcer. 

    We were able to obtain for the family a substantial settlement that, at the nursing home’s request, remains confidential.

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    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.


  • Nursing Home Settles Case After Allowing 84 Year Old Patient To Fall Several Times

    An 84 year old nursing home patient was allowed by the nursing home to fall several times. As a result of the first of her falls at the nursing home, she sustained a left hip fracture. The hip fracture required surgery. Thereafter, she was placed on transfer and mobility restrictions and experienced significant pain. 

    She later required surgery to remove retained hardware from the site of the surgery due to continuing pain and was placed on weight bearing restrictions. 

    As a result of the second fall, she was diagnosed with a condylar fracture of the left femur. As a result of the third fall at the nursing home, in which she fell from a shower chair, she sustained a laceration to her head that required stitches. The patient was again permitted to fall from a shower chair in her fourth fall at the nursing home.

    The patient’s family hired us to pursue claims against the nursing home for the patient’s falls and fall-related fractures, surgery, and other injuries. We were able to obtain at mediation a generous six-figure settlement for the patient.

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    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.



  • Fall Causes Fracture, Surgery, Infection, and Immobility; Nursing Home Settles

    An elderly female patient who was a known fall risk was admitted to Avante at Lynchburg, a nursing home in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Just days into her stay, the nursing home permitted her to fall from her wheelchair while being assisted by a CNA.  After the fall, the patient was taken to a local hospital, where she was diagnosed with an oblique left femoral fracture with significant displacement.   

    The fracture required open reduction and  intramedullary fixation surgery.  She remained at the hospital for  10 days.  She returned to the hospital shortly thereafter when  the wound at the surgical incision site appeared to be infected. 

    The resident was treated at the hospital and was  returned  to a rehabilitation center.  The patient suffered significant pain  and immobility as a result of the fracture. The case was tried to a Lynchburg jury, which awarded a substantial six-figure verdict plus interest.  

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    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.




  • Nursing Home Patient Breaks Neck and Dies Following Fall from Lift; Nursing Home Settles

    A stroke-compromised, immobile nursing home patient was being transferred using a mechanical lift when staff permitted the patient to fall to the floor. Only one aide was present during the attempted transfer despite the fact that two staff members were required to be present at all times during mechanical lift transfers. In addition, discovery revealed that the nursing home was aware, years before the fall, that the lift was defective.

    Cervical Spine FractureThe nursing home did not obtain a CT scan of the patient’s neck until almost three weeks after the fall, during which time the patient’s head was observed to be positioned “downward and resting on her chest,” the patient became increasingly lethargic and her appetite decreased. The patient could not follow commands and her grip also became weak. The CT scan revealed a neck fracture at C2 with extensive swelling within the spinal canal from C1-C4 with spinal cord compression.

    Once the neck fracture and spinal cord compression were diagnosed, the patient was hospitalized. However, because the neck fracture and spinal cord injury had not been timely identified, the patient’s physicians concluded surgery would be of no benefit. The patient began receiving hospice and palliative care, became less responsive, refused medication, and ultimately refused meals. The patient died three and one-half months after the fall. The patient’s family sued the nursing home for its failure to take proper fall prevention measures. The nursing home settled the case for a confidential amount.

 

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