California Jury Awards $31 Million for Failure to Prevent and Resolve Pressure Injury

January 24, 2024 | Strategic Insights for Health System


An 86-year-old man developed a pressure injury on his heel within two weeks of admission into the defendant's nursing home. Upon discharge to home, the pressure injury persisted and worsened until it reached bone. The heel injury was present at the time of the former resident's death nearly a year after discharge from the facility according to an article in September 2023 Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts.

The decedent's son sued the nursing home alleging that the facility focused on profit over quality of care. Claims included failure to turn the decedent and rotate his position, scheduling...

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