About Nursing Home Neglect Settlement
A former police officer moved to Georgia with his wife to retire and be closer to his children and grandchildren. Robert suffered a stroke and had to be hospitalized. He developed pressure sores on his buttocks and legs which evolved into stage IV ulcers before he died from sepsis shock. During litigation, Apolinsky uncovered that someone falsified his medical records to show the exact same weight five Monday’s in a row–216.45 pounds. When this came to light, the hospital quickly settled for a confidential six figure amount.
Four Stages of Ulcers
- A reddened area on the skin that, when pressed, is “nonblanchable” (does not turn white.) This indicates that a pressure ulcer is starting to develop.
- The skin blisters or forms an open sore. The area around the sore may be red and irritated.
- The skin breakdown now looks like a crater where there is damage to the tissue below the skin.
- The pressure ulcer has become so deep that there is damage to the muscle and bone, and sometimes tendons and joints.