A 70 year-old female patient developed severe pressure ulcers (bed sores, pressure sores, decubitus ulcers) on her left hip and thigh during a several-month stay at a Roanoke area nursing home. The ulcers were 15 cm x 10 cm and 25 cm x 15 cm just before her death. The patient's family claimed the facility did not turn and reposition their mother as frequently as it should have and did not keep her clean after episodes of bowel and bladder incontinence. The nursing home claimed the patient's severe end stage renal disease and vascular problems caused the ulcers, and those ulcers deteriorated during her decline from medical conditions unrelated to the ulcers. The case settled several months before trial. The terms of settlement were made confidential at the nursing home's request.
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.
Posted on Fri, February 1, 2008
by Robert Carter