Illinois nursing home neglect far too often involves the development of bed sores. Perhaps more than any other single forms of injury caused by inadequate long-term care in our area, local residents develop Illinois bed sores develop on a near daily basis. Bed sores are painful skin issues that are caused by constant pressure on the bony prominences of the body which decrease blood flow. Frequently these sores are found on the sacrum and the tailbone, though they can develop elsewhere.
What is always particularly tragic about bed sores (also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers) is that are virtually always preventable. In other words, there remains no reason why a resident who is properly cared for should ever face one of these lesions. It is incumbent upon all nursing homes to identify those residents who are most at risk for developing these sores-such as seniors with mobility problems or diabetes-and put a plan in place to ensure the prevention of the lesions. That plan usually would involve the proper turning and repositioning of residents to relieve the pressure on areas where the sores are most likely to develop. That repositioning should be combined with proper nutrition and hydration, proper bathing, and the use of special pressure relieving devices like tailored mattresses or heel protectors.
While prevention is possible, far too many nursing homes do not take the time to do what is necessary to keep residents press sore free. Facilities that fail in this regard rightly find themselves involved in nursing home neglect lawsuits. In fact, one of the main ways that these facilities are moved to enact policy changes that prevent sores is by victimized residents and their families who come forward and demand accountability.
Demanding justice is at the heart of a recent nursing home bed sore lawsuit that was reported by WPTV News. According to the report, the family which filed the suit claims that their 74-year old mother was found with multiple bed sores all over her body. The victim’s daughter visited her mother at the home every day, but it wasn’t until the resident was rushed to the hospital that the poor care she was receiving was discovered. A nurse at the hospital discovered that the senior had bed sores all over her body, often the size of grapefruits. The family claims that the sores contributed to the woman’s untimely death.
If your family member has developed one of these sores, the Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys at Levin & Perconti urge you to get in contact with our office to learn how we can help. It remains a challenge for nursing home advocates to gain a real grasp of the problem, because so many victims never come forward. As a result residents suffer in painful silence day after day. Please take a step on behalf of those who have no voice of their own and demand accountability from those facilities that are more worried about making money than keeping these vulnerable residents safe.
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