A nursing home in Williamsburg’s Midtown faces a $3 million lawsuit after a man died from an infection weeks after he was discharged from the home.
The estate of Casey Lamont Samuel has sued Envoy of Williamsburg, affiliated businesses and Sentara in a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit filed in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court Feb. 4.
In November 2013, Samuel was admitted to Envoy of Williamsburg with a medical history that made him susceptible to bedsores, but without any bedsores at the time, the suit alleges.
Less than two months later, Samuel had life-threatening bed sores, the suit alleges. Six months after he was admitted, Samuel died.
Bedsores are spots of skin that have been damaged by a person staying in a position for too long, according to the National Institutes of Health. The sores typically form in higher pressure areas where bones are closer to the skin, such as at the ankles, back, elbows, heels and hips, among other places. They can cause life-threatening infections.
Bed sores can be prevented by keeping skin dry and clean, changing positions every couple of hours and using pillows that relieve pressure and wick moisture, according to the National Institutes of Health.
By Jan. 3, 2014, Samuel had developed significant bedsores on his pelvis and right heel that both grew in size and severity, according to the lawsuit.
“While Samuel was under the nursing home’s care, the pressure ulcers continued to deteriorate,” the suit said.
Samuel was taken to a Sentara hospital five days later and immediately discharged back to the care of Envoy, according to the suit.
By March 2014, Samuel’s right heel became infected with E. Coli and another bacteria, the suit said. The wounds continued to deteriorate for the following two months, despite prescribed antibiotics that would have required an injection or intravenous dosage, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The bedsore on Samuel’s right heel deteriorated to the point that it caused him severe pain, sepsis and gangrene, according to the filings. Samuel’s overall health worsened.
By May 18, 2014, Samuel was taken back to a Sentara hospital with bedsores on his right heel, pelvis and buttocks, the suit said. Five days later he was discharged for hospice care.
Samuel died less than a month later on June 20, 2014, according to the lawsuit.
“Samuel sustained injury and/or death as a direct result of the defendants’ negligence,” the suit said.
The fiduciary of Samuel’s estate, a relative, filed the lawsuit for damages Samuel allegedly endured including negligence, pain, humiliation, injuries and wrongful death, according to the suit.
The lawsuit also aims to reclaim some medical expenses and “inconvenience” costs, the suit said.
Lawyers for the Samuel family declined to comment. Envoy of Williamsburg uses a registered agent service that cannot communicate requests for comment. Grievance officer Scarlett Huang said she would refer a request for comment to Envoy’s corporate office.
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