Nursing homes and other care facilities should be safe places for the elderly and those needing special care. They are required to follow the rules set forth in the Illinois Nursing Home Care Reform Act. Unfortunately, some nursing homes are negligent in providing care, and the residents may be injured as a result. A lawsuit was recently filed by a family against Lexington Health Care Center of Orland Park, alleging negligent care in the death of a woman resident. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County, states that the nursing home violated the Nursing Home Care Reform Act, which led to the woman’s deteriorating health and ultimate death.
The woman who died had allegedly suffered injuries over a period of time, which caused her medical condition to deteriorate. While older people generally have some health issues, their overall physical wellbeing can worsen more quickly when they suffer injuries. In this case, the woman reportedly was not properly supervised and was hurt as a result. For example, when an older person falls he or she may have bruises, broken bones, and even head trauma. A fractured hip is one of the most common injuries among the elderly, and one of the most difficult to heal.