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Nursing Home Resident Dies After Bedsores Develop

My SA News reported last week on a tragic example of nursing home abuse following the death of a resident.

A new nursing home lawsuit was filed recently by a family following the November 2007 death of a man who died following severe neglect at the Retama Manor Nursing Center. After six years at the facility, the victim was admitted to a local hospital in July 2007 with severe dehydration. After treatment he returned to the nursing home to recuperate. However, the inadequate at the nursing home was nowhere near adequate for his recovery.

He developed some wounds at the hospital, but while recuperating at the nursing home the wounds became significantly deeper, larger, and more severe. The problems stemmed from the fact that the nursing home was understaffed, with immobile residents fortunate to be turned in their beds even once every eight hours-even though they were supposed to be turned every two hours. The lack of movement and proper positioning is a key contributing factor for bedsores.

The senior victim was found to be moaning in pain with strong odors coming from his body, but the nursing home did not correct the poor care. Unfortunately, the facility failed to even properly discuss hospice options following the man’s diagnosis for cancer, a clear violation of protocol. The man ultimately died following bedsores, dehydration, and lack of nourishment.

Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti are skilled in handling the legal affairs following deaths of residents from inadequate care leading to bedsores, dehydration, and nutrition deficiencies. We have won many settlements and verdicts for the families who have suffered following these cases of poor nursing home care. Please contact our nursing home attorneys if you or a family member has suffered in this way.