A Richmond nursing home patient was allowed to develop stage IV pressure
ulcers (bed sores, pressure sores, decubitus ulcers) on his sacrum (low back) and
heel. He also experienced an unplanned loss of 41 pounds of weight in 65 days during his two and one-half month stay at the facility. The patient's daughter, who was his only surviving relative, claimed the nursing home did not turn and reposition her father frequently enough and did not ensure his nutritional needs were met. The
nursing home claimed the patient's pressure ulcers were the result of his long-standing poor nutritional condition and history of weight loss before arriving at the facility. The patient's lab results for albumin and pre-albumin improved while he was a patient at the nursing home, which the facility claimed indicated he was not malnourished. The man was discharged to another Richmond-area nursing home where he stayed for several months before going home to live with his daughter. Once at home with his daughter, he received home health and hospice services before he died from causes unrelated to the pressure ulcers or weight loss. The nursing home's corporate owners and operators settled the case for mid-six figures shortly after a lawsuit was filed.
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 Thu, February 7, 2008
by Robert Carter