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November 15, 2011

Improper wound treatment 

The daughter and estate of an elderly man who died of sepsis resulting from pressure sores sued the skilled nursing facility that treated him. The plaintiffs alleged improper wound care and medical treatment. The jury awarded about $2.29 million in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages. Williams v. Willow Terrace.

Marcel Mackey Sr., a 68-year-old double amputee who suffered from diabetes, had a stroke, resulting in additional health problems. During a subsequent hospitalization, he was diagnosed as having a Stage II sacral decubitus ulcer and a Stage II penile ulcer. He was transferred to Willow Terrace, a skilled nursing facility operated by the Albert Einstein Health Network. Over the next seven months, Mackey developed dehydration and malnutrition, an eroding penis, and a worsening of his sacral ulcer—which eroded his buttocks—among other problems. He later died of sepsis resulting from the pressure sores. Mackey is survived by his wife and five adult children.

Mackey’s daughter, on behalf of his estate, sued Willow Terrace and Albert Einstein Health Network, alleging improper wound care and medical treatment.

The jury awarded about $2.29 million in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages.

Citation: Williams v. Willow Terrace, No. 03774 (Pa., Phila. Co. Com. Pleas Sept. 21, 2011).

Plaintiff counsel: AAJ members Ruben J. Krisztal and Peter D. Giglione, both of Philadelphia; and Bennie Lazzara, Tampa.


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