Mary Ritter was a nursing home resident. She had a history of kidney disease and a left leg amputation. During a transfer at the nursing home, she was dropped to the floor. She suffered a traumatic femur fracture.
She then developed necrotic pressure ulcers, which led to a decline in her condition and ultimately was a cause of her death. She was just 60 years old at the time and was survived by her two adult children.
The Ritter estate and family sued the nursing home and several of its providers alleging nursing home malpractice and wrongful death. After the parties agreed to a confidential settlement, the plaintiffs filed a petition with the Indiana Patient Compensation Fund. Before trial, the parties settled for $205,200.