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Illinois Nursing Home Violation: Lexington of Orland Park

The latest report of Illinois nursing homes that have violated basic resident health, care, and safety laws was recently released by state officials. Lexington of Orland Park, a nursing home in the Chicago area recently received several Type “A” Violations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and fined $30,000. The violations resulted from the facility’s failure to properly treat pressure sores or prevent Illinois nursing home neglect.

Investigators learned the employees at the facility failed to properly monitor or treat the development of a pressure sore-leading to severe complications for a resident.

The victim was an 82 year old man suffering from dementia among other behavioral disturbances. Upon a visit to the doctor the resident reported pain in his heel. After removing the man’s shoe, the doctor found a large wound on the resident’s heel. The doctor proscribed treatment. However, it wasn’t long before staff members at the nursing home stopped following the orders. Medication application and bandage changing ceased, and the resident’s injury grew unchecked. As a result, the man’s wound deteriorated.

The wound eventually expanded to almost twice the original size. Gangrene eventually developed, spurring even more complications. As a result the man lost most of the circulation in his entire leg. The ultimate consequences of the issue were unresolved when the sanctions were issued, but doctors were debating whether amputation was required.

Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti have experience fighting for victims of negligent nursing home care like that exhibited here. It is imperative that these facilities treat residents with the same respect, protection, and concern that all members of society deserve. Failure to provide the basic care necessary to treat resident wounds all to often results in horrific complications like the ones here. Be sure to contact an Illinois injury attorney if you know of violations like the one here.

This information was culled from the Illinois Department of Health which produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators.

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