Christopher Wise was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the death of his 88-year-old mother who was found by King County sheriff’s deputies covered with bed sores and lying in a filthy bed.
An autopsy performed on Ruby Wise, Christopher’s 88-year-old-mother, determined that she died due to complications from bed sores.
Wise’s defense was that his mother wanted to die at home and that he was doing the best that he could to care for her. Prosecutor’s told the jury that Christopher Wise lived off his mother’s income and and failed to care for her properly.
The jury failed to convict Wise of second-degree murder or fist-degree manslaughter. He was sentenced to three years and three months in prison.
Decubitus ulcers, commonly known as bedsores or pressure sores are common injuries to people who are bed fast and not properly cared for. They occur when the patient is neglected and not repositioned correctly and they indicate that the standard of care is lacking.
There are several stages of bed sores and they can easily treated in the early stages. However, if a person does not get proper medical treatment the wound can extend into the muscle, tendon and the bone. If the bed sore gets to this stage, they can take a year or more to heal if they are treated but the can result in death if left untreated.
If one of your loved ones has suffered a serious infection or death due to a bed sore while residing at a nursing home, you may have a claim against the nursing home for neglect or abuse. Contact The Farber Law Group, a law firm with more than 30 years experience in representing clients who have suffered severe personal injury.
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