Registered Nurse Fined $10,000 After Elderly Man Died with More than Eleven Bed Sores

A registered nurse(RN) who was case manager for an 86-year-old man staying in an adult care home was ordered to pay a $10,000 on Friday in a case involving "severe neglect" of the patient. The 58-year-old registered nurse was also placed on five years' probation as part of his sentence.

The man pleaded no contest to second-degree assault to charges that he recklessly caused injury to the patient by failing to perform his legal duty from July to October 2007. The registered nurse said he had checked on the patient once a month as required. When he last saw the patient, about a month before  October 12, 2007, he didn't have any bedsores. On October 12, 2007, the RN found the man unconscious and he was admitted to the hospital with severe bedsores (also known as decubitus sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer, and pressure ulcer).

According to court records, the patient, who had suffered a stroke that left him immobile and unable to speak, was taken to the adult care home on July 5, 2007, by the RN, who was the patient's case manager. The operator of the home was also charged in the case. The man died October 15, 2007, three days after being admitted to the hospital with more than 11 bedsores, many of which were stage IV,  according to court records. 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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