Operator of Care Home Charged With Manslaughter Following Sepsis Death

The operator of a long term care facility in one state is facing felony manslaughter charges in connection with the death of an 88-year-old resident at the facility. The operator was arrested earlier this month on felony charges of elder abuse and involuntary manslaughter in an unprecedented elder-abuse case.

The patient, an elderly female who suffered from dementia, died after suffering massive bedsores (also know as pressure sores, pressure ulcer, decubitus sores, and decubitus ulcers) at the home.The sores, which the woman had on her buttocks, caused sepsis.

A doctor in the emergency room where the woman was sent for care said the sores were some of the worst he had ever seen. The operator, if convicted, faces up to 12 years in prison on the elder abuse charge alone. The involuntary manslaughter charge carries an additional maximum term of four years. She is currently being held on $300,000 bond. 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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