Nursing Home Resident Sues Facility After Bed Sores Require Above-the-Knee Amputation

A troubled nursing home has been sued by a patient who had to have a partial leg amputation after he was neglected at the facility. The 49-year-old man who suffers from right-sided paralysis developed multiple bed sores (also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, decubitus sores, and decubitus ulcers) while at the facility.

According to the lawsuit, one of the sores on the man's heel became so infected it required him to have part of his leg removed. The resident alleges that the facility failed to prevent and treat the sores and instead permitted them to get worse. Prior to entering the nursing home, the man was able to walk with supervision and the assistance of a walker. Today, the resident's family said because of his paralysis, the above-the-knee amputation took the man's only means of mobility and independence. 

The facility has lost its federal funding and may also lose its state license. In addition to the above issue, the facility has had two suspicious deaths in six months, instances of verbal, sexual, physical, or mental abuse, and failure to properly monitor prescription drugs. 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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