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  • Stage IV 8cm Pressure Ulcer Leads To Six Figure Settlement By Home Health Provider

    A 55 year-old patient had mild mental retardation and was unable to care for herself. While in the care of a home health provider, home health staff permitted the patient to develop severe pressure ulcers on her sacrum, hips, and heels. When the patient was examined at the hospital, she was noted to have a large sacral decubitus, pressure ulcers on her hips bilaterally, and pressure ulcers on her heels. The patient’s sacral pressure ulcer (bed sore, decubitus ulcer, pressure sore) was mixed with stool, noted likely to be infected, and was the probable source for osteomyelitis. The sacral pressure ulcer (bed sore, decubitus ulcer, pressure sore) was identified to be stage IV, measured approximately 8 cm in diameter, and required debridement.

    Pressure ulcers on the patient’s hips were likewise noted at the hospital to be covered with black eschar. The patient was diagnosed with sepsis and hyponatremia secondary to dehydration, was anemic, and required blood transfusions. After being hospitalized, the patient was transferred to a nursing home, where she required a wound vac for the sacral and hip pressure ulcers.

    The patient’s family contacted us to pursue claims against the home health provider for failing to prevent and treat properly the patient’s pressure ulcers. We were able to obtain a significant six figure settlement for the patient to compensate her for her past and future pressure ulcer injuries and to provide for her future medical needs. The amount of the settlement is kept confidential at the request of the home health provider.

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    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.


  • Roanoke Nursing Home Patient Develops Pressure Sore Requiring Amputation; Facility Settles

    A Roanoke nursing home permitted its elderly female patient to develop pressure ulcers (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer) on her right heel and right foot. When the pressure ulcers (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer) were first documented, they were described to involve eschar (dead tissue). The pressure ulcers (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer) were thereafter permitted to deteriorate because the facility failed to take timely pressure ulcer prevention measures. Within two months of the date on which the pressure ulcers (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer) were first noted, the patient required a below-the-knee amputation of the right leg. The nursing home also permitted the patient to develop pressure ulcers (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer) on her lower back and hips. The patient’s family sued the nursing home for failing to take timely and proper pressure ulcer prevention measures. The nursing home settled the case for a confidential amount in the mid-six figures.

  • Nursing Home Patient Without Alarm, Falls and Sustains Hip Fracture; Nursing Home Settles

    Right Hip Fracture with Surgical FixationAn elderly nursing home patient, known by the facility to be at high risk for falls, fell three times within a seven-hour period just days after admission to the nursing home. As a result of the third of the three falls, which occurred when the patient was left unsupervised in his wheelchair without a chair fall alarm, the patient sustained a displaced left hip fracture. The hip fracture required open reduction internal fixation surgery. The patient remained hospitalized following surgery and was later admitted to a different nursing home for skilled care. At the new nursing home, the patient became lethargic and unresponsive.

    A little over one month after the fall, the patient was transferred back to the hospital, where he was observed to have an altered mental status, was diagnosed with sepsis, and died. The patient’s family sued the nursing home at which the fall and hip fracture occurred for failing to take proper fall prevention measures. The nursing home settled the case for a confidential amount.


    Right Hip Fracture with Surgical Fixation-Nursing Home Neglect Injury
  • Nursing Home Allows Patient to Fall During Care & Sustain Fractures; Nursing Home Settles

    An elderly, immobile nursing home patient was allowed to fall from her bed to the floor while being repositioned during incontinence care. The nursing home aide responsible for the fall turned the patient away from her to the opposite side of the bed, left the patient on her left side, and required the patient, who had sustained a stroke with right-sided compromise, to use her right hand to hold onto the repositioning bar/rail of the bed for safety. The aide then turned away from the patient, and the patient fell from her bed to the floor.

    After the fall, the patient complained of pain to her right arm and right leg. When ambulance attendants arrived at the nursing home after the fall, the patient told the ambulance staff that she did not want to return to the nursing home because the facility did not take care of her. The patient was transferred to a local hospital, where she was diagnosed with a right shoulder fracture and a right femur fracture. The patient was not a surgical candidate, so the fracture was treated conservatively. The patient’s right arm was placed in a sling and her right leg was placed in a leg immobilizer.

    The immobilizer, which was required to stabilize the fracture, caused pressure around the lower leg and caused Right Arm and Leg Fracturesa Stage IV pressure ulcer to develop several weeks after the fall and fractures. The pressure ulcer (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer) was documented to be unstageable with purulent green foul smelling drainage. Within a couple of weeks thereafter, the pressure ulcer (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer) was noted to involve exposed tendon and bone in the right leg. The pressure ulcer (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer) required sharp debridement and was the source of significant pain. The patient later developed sepsis and bacteremia from infection of the right lower leg pressure ulcer (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer). The patient died a little over three months after the fall. The patient’s family sued the nursing home for failing to provide proper fall prevention. The nursing home settled for a confidential amount of money in the mid-six figures.

  • Assisted Living Patient Falls While Being Supervised; Facility Settles

    An elderly female was, at the time of admission to the assisted living facility, a high fall risk. She required stand-by assistance when bathing, dressing, using a walker, and when toileting. She also suffered from impaired balance and an unsteady gait.Left Femur Fracture with Internal Fixation

    The patient was allowed to fall at the assisted living facility while being supervised by facility staff. As a result of the fall, the patient sustained a spiral distal left femur fracture will displacement, angulation, and significant comminution. The patient received open reduction and internal fixation surgery for the femur fracture, remained at the hospital for one week, and was transferred to a nearby nursing home.

    At the time of the fall, the patient was taken to the bathroom by an aide to be changed. After she was toileted, the aide assisted the patient to her feet and improperly permitted the patient to support herself on a towel bar behind the bathroom door. Unfortunately, the bathroom door was left open, thereby obscuring most of the towel bar and permitting only a fraction of the bar to be used by the patient for support. The patient was also wearing only socks on her feet in a bathroom with a tiled floor.

    The assisted living facility settled the case well before trial for a confidential amount in the mid-six figures.


    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. Left Femur Fracture with Surgical Fixation Left Femur Fracture with Internal Fixation

 

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