This medical malpractice case involved a 67 year old bed-ridden patient who was neglected by staff in a rehab facility after he underwent hip-replacement surgery. Despite repeated, written skin integrity evaluations in his chart alerting staff to a developing ulcer on his right heel, it was neglected, permitted, and allowed to progress to a ‘deep tissue injury’ beyond stage III (thus classified as unstageable), with deep tunneling, tissue necrosis, and cellulitis.  Ultimately, he underwent several painful debridement procedures to treat this injury.

Outcome

Significant six-figure settlement after summary judgment