Barbara Carroll, 75, was admitted to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation after a surgery. Within a week, she developed a significant pressure sore on her coccyx, which progressed to Stage IV despite her use of an air mattress. She died of sepsis a month after her admission to the skilled nursing facility and was survived by her three adult children.
One of her daughters filed a claim against Oak Rehabilitation Centers claiming that the owner was liable for choosing not to provide Carroll with a functioning air mattress. Without that air mattress, it was alleged that her pressure ulcer worsened.
Before a lawsuit was filed, the parties settled for $340,000. Continue reading