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Nursing Home Negligence Led to Death, Lawsuit Says

A lawsuit has been filed in Cook County alleging negligence on the part of a nursing home. According to the lawsuit, a woman died after the nursing home failed to promptly provide the proper medical treatment. The woman was a resident of The Villa at Windsor Park Nursing and Rehab Center, 2649 E. 75th St., Chicago, IL between April 15 and April 22, 2014. The woman complained of stomach pain and had vomiting and a poor appetite. However, despite being told she would be given medication, no treatment was rendered. Finally, on April 22, 2104, she was taken to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a bowel obstruction. The bowel obstruction was inoperable and the woman died 18 days later.

Bowel Obstruction Led to Death
In this case, the woman was ultimately diagnosed with a bowel obstruction that ultimately caused her death. She spent more than a week at the nursing facility during which time her condition was never diagnosed nor treated. The lawsuit states that the nursing home acted in a negligent manner and contributed to or caused her death. Had her condition been more timely identified the woman would have been more quickly treated and the outcome may have been much different. Nursing home care givers knew the woman was ill and was complaining of pain and showed symptoms that required treatment. Yet, it took more than a week for her to be transported to the hospital where the diagnosis took place. Diagnosis is most commonly done through the use of an x-ray or CT scan of the abdomen.

Negligent Care at Nursing Homes
Nursing home negligence can and does happen every day across the country. Although many nursing homes are understaffed, they are still required to provide the appropriate level of care to all patients. When a resident complains of pain or discomfort the staff must take action. In this case, the woman should have been more quickly sent to the hospital where the diagnosis would have been made more quickly. If that would have occurred, the woman may have survived with treatment or surgery. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, as many as 95% of nursing home residents in a survey said they were either victims of neglect or had seen someone else neglected in the facility.

What to Do About Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect may occur for many different reasons. The facility may not have enough staff to properly care for the residents or the staff may not be properly trained. The management may be lacking support of staff or there could be unsafe procedures or no procedures in place to handle critical situations. Regardless of the reason, nursing home neglect is a form of abuse and the facility is responsible. If you suspect that a loved one has been neglected in a nursing home the first thing to do is report it. The authorities will be able to evaluate the matter to determine what happened. If the resident suffered severe injuries or died as a result of negligence it may be necessary to take legal action. You may be able to recover the costs of medical expenses due to the negligent act as well as money for pain and suffering and payment of legal fees. Contact the compassionate attorneys at Levin & Perconti to review your case and answer your questions.

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