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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.


  • 91 Year Old Patient Dies From Pressure Ulcer, Sepsis, Organ Failure, Pneumonia, Nursing Home Settles

    Months after being admitted to a nursing home, a 91 year old female patient was permitted to develop a pressure ulcer over her right hip. The pressure ulcer was noted to have “green” discharge. Weeks later, the pressure ulcer was open and demonstrated purulent discharge.

    The patient was not admitted to a hospital until two months later. When she was hospitalized, the pressure ulcer had deteriorated with significant tunneling. The patient was noted to be pale, her oxygen saturation was 77%, and she was diagnosed with bacteremia. The patient was later diagnosed with sepsis, multi-system organ failure, and pneumonia and died a week later.

    The family hired us to prosecute claims against the nursing home for failure to prevent and treat properly the patient’s pressure ulcer. 

    We were able to obtain for the family a substantial settlement that, at the nursing home’s request, remains confidential.

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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.

  • Lynchburg Nursing Home Permits Patient to Develop Pressure Ulcer; Nursing Home Settles

    A Lynchburg, Virginia nursing home permitted its elderly female patient to fall and sustain a skin tear to her right leg. The skin tear deteriorated into a severe pressure ulcer (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer). Within two months after the skin tear, the wound was observed to be necrotic with yellow slough. The wound bed was noted to have eschar,Right Leg Pressure Ulcer and the wound was extremely painful. One month later, the tendons in the patient’s leg were visible through the ulcer. The nursing home failed to send the patient to a wound center for evaluation and treatment. Two weeks later, a mere three months after the fall and skin tear, the patient’s wound was documented to be a stage IV ulcer with erosion of skin, muscle, and flesh down to the tendons of the patient’s leg. Based on the size and depth of the ulcer, the patient required an above-the-knee amputation. The patient died six months after the fall. The patient’s family sued the nursing home for failing to take timely pressure ulcer prevention measures. The nursing home settled the case for a confidential amount in the mid-six figures.

  • Nursing Home Permits Patient to Fall from Bed; Jury Sides with Patient’s Family

    An elderly female nursing home patient was permitted to fall from her bed to the floor. The nursing home claimed it was changing the patient’s bed sheets while the patient remained in bed. The patient was turned away from the aide who was making the bed and positioned on her side at the edge of the bed. The aide was looking down, the patient began to fall, the aide did not respond to stop the fall, and the patient fell to the floor.

    As a result of the fall, the patient sustained a left knee fracture and left ankle sprain. The patient’s injuries required physical therapy and occupational therapy but no surgery. The left knee fracture was treated conservatively using a knee immobilizer, and the left ankle sprain was treated with an air cast. The patient’s orthopedic injuries lasted for several months andSylvia Coleman Pain Medication After Fall healed without complication.

    As a result of injuries sustained in the fall, the patient experienced significant pain, which in turn required increased narcotic pain medications and resulted in periodic lethargy/over sedation. Despite attempts to control the patient’s fracture-related pain, break through pain often occurred, limiting the patient’s ability to participate in activities of daily living and progress in therapy and restorative activities. The patient’s injuries also caused her to be less mobile, require additional assistance from staff for activities of daily living, and put the patient at risk of skin break down.

    The patient’s leg immobilizer, which she was required to wear because of the fracture, caused a significant open pressure ulcer (also known as pressure sore, bed sore, and decubitus ulcer) to her left lower leg with drainage, inflammation, and sloughs that impeded wound healing. The leg wound required extensive wound care. The patient also experienced an increased fear of falling.

    The lawsuit was filed by the family Sylvia Coleman v. Medical Facilities of America, Inc. and its affiliated business entities, which included the limited partnership that owned Lynchburg Health & Rehabilitation Center, where the fall occurred.

    We claim the nursing home did not use proper fall prevention measures. Specifically, we claim the aide who turned the patient to her side on the opposite edge of the bed should have rolled the patient toward, not away, from her. In addition, the aide should have more closely supervised the patient for safety to prevent falls. Of course, the nursing home also failed simply to place the patient in a chair for safety while changing the bed sheets. The nursing home denied liability. The patient incurred medical expenses of approximately $14,000.00. After a several-day jury trial in the City of Lynchburg Circuit Court, the jury concluded that the nursing home was negligent and awarded damages in the total amount of $364,500.00. After the jury verdict, the nursing home attempted to appeal the verdict, but later dropped the appeal voluntarily.



    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. Pain Medication Increase After Fall Sylvia Coleman Pain Medication After Fall
  • Hospital Patient Develops Huge Pressure Ulcer (Bed Sore); Hospital Settles

    Stage IV Pressure UlcerWhile hospitalized, a middle-aged male patient developed what was initially described by the hospital as a large bruised area on his buttock with no skin breakdown. Within one week thereafter, the hospital described the wound as a very large purple bruise on his coccyx (low back) and buttock area with sloughing. The patient also developed a large purple area over his left heel. Two days later, the patient was noted to have blood blisters on both heels, and the patient’s lower back and buttock had open blisters that had ruptured. The patient’s lower back, buttock, and heel ulcers deteriorated and each became stage IV pressure ulcers (also known as bed sores, pressure sores, and decubitus ulcers), some of which required debridement. On discharge from the hospital, the patient required one year of wound care at home. The patient’s pressure ulcers healed with no significant, observable scarring.

    The hospital settled the case before trial for mid-six figures. The hospital requested that the settlement amount be kept confidential.


    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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