Pressure Injuries Contributed to Death: $1.4M Verdict

October 13, 2023 | Aging Services Risk Management

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​Development of a Stage IV sacral pressure injury that required two debridement surgeries as well as a pressure injury on the left heel led to a jury award of $1.4 million according to the April 2023 Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts.

The patient had been a resident of the defendant's nursing home for four months but was transferred to a different nursing home upon discharge from the hospital. According to testimony, the wounds were "clean and improving" under the care of the second facility. The resident died three months after discharge from the first nursing home. The resident's physician listed the primary cause of death as COPD, but...

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