$1.83 Million Jury Verdict for Nursing Home’s Failure to Prevent and Treat Pressure Sores

Morley Sprague was 57  and suffering from end-stage multiple sclerosis and had a history of urinary tract infections (UTI) and degenerative joint disease.  After being hospitalized for treatment for sepsis and UTI, he was admitted to the North Canyon Care Center, a nursing home that offered wound care services. Unfortunately, within a week, Sprague’s two existing pressure ulcers worsened from Stage I and II to Stage IV. In addition, he developed a Stage IV pressure sore on his right buttock. After he left the nursing home, he required antibiotics and other continued medical care for his wounds, which failed to heal. Two years after his discharge, Sprague died of sepsis that resulted from an infected pressure ulcer. He was survived by his wife and three adult children. His wife sued the nursing home claiming that staff there chose not to prevent and treat the pressure ulcers and sores. The Sprague lawsuit asserted that the defendant nursing home should have…

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