This case involved a 78 year old male with past medical history of Type 2 diabetes mellitus with neuropathy, hypertension, coronary artery disease and peripheral arterial disease. In September, 2007, the plaintiff was transferred to the defendant nursing home and a pressure sore on the sacrum was noted. The plaintiff contended that the employees failed to properly monitor and treat the patient, resulting in skin breakdown and the sacral ulcer progressing to stage IV.
The plaintiff maintained that because of the negligence, the patient required surgical debridement, a coccygectomy, a surgical flap procedure, and a diverting colostomy. The defendant contended that proper care was prevented and that underlying infirmities resulted in the progression despite appropriate treatment.
The case settled prior to trial for $225,000.
F.L. v. C.C. Docket No.: OCN-L-3277-09, 1/2012
Attorney for plaintiff: David J. Pierguidi of Cerussi & Gunn, P.C. in Shrewsbury, NJ.