When we choose a nursing home for our elderly loved one we do so with the hopes that they will receive proper care and assistance. That is not always the case. In one recent incident, a nursing home resident died after suffering injuries that were due to neglectful care at the facility. A lawsuit was filed in Cook County against The Admiral at the Lake, along with two nurses. The lawsuit alleges that improper care caused or contributed to the man’s death. The suit was filed on behalf of the man’s estate and is seeking damages in excess of the jurisdictional limits.
Neglect in Nursing Homes
Sadly, neglect happens even in the most popular nursing facilities. In this instance, the man suffered from pressure sores, a common problem that can happen when patients are neglected. Pressure sores can become infected and this can cause a serious decline in health. If not treated quickly, the infection can become difficult to resolve and can travel through the body impacting the organs. The lawsuit also claims that the nursing staff failed to suction secretions from the man’s airway. When the airway is not clear the person inhales fluid. This is called aspiration. Fluids in the lungs and airway will cause serious medical harm and must be treated as an emergency.