A 77-year-old male was admitted to a health and rehabilitation center to recover after a fall. Within a couple of months, he developed Stage IV pressure sores on his lower back. A short time later he passed away because of sepsis related to the infected bed sores. The resident was survived by his wife and three adult children.
The family of the resident sued the nursing home’s owner, claiming that the nursing home and its employees and staff chose not to provide the necessary wound care, which included timely repositioning. The negligence lawsuit claimed that the defendant nursing home falsified its records, particularly with respect to the wound care for this nursing home resident. The case was submitted to arbitration, which returned an award for the family for damages in the amount of $375,000.