The daughter of a woman who died in a Cook County nursing home has filed a lawsuit. The lawsuit is against The Renaissance at 87th Street, Inc. as well as the hospital and management and parent companies of the facility. The lawsuit alleges that the woman died as a result of negligence on the part by the care facility. The woman suffered from extreme dehydration, a urinary tract infection and a few infected bedsores.
Additionally, the woman suffered a head injury due to a nursing home fall. The injuries reportedly led to her death in March 2014. When a nursing home patient was seriously injured or has died because of negligence, the family may be overwhelmed. The nursing home is under a duty to provide care to residents and when that doesn’t happen it can be devastating. A qualified nursing home abuse attorney will assist you in getting the resolution you deserve.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Many different problems can occur as the result of nursing home abuse or neglect. Caregivers are trained to know how to properly care for elderly patients, who may have a multitude of health issues. Some of the most common problems that may occur as a result of abuse or neglect are:
· Pressure Sores (Bed Sores)
· Unexplained Bruises · Broken Bones · Falls · Depression · Malnutrition · Medical Problems Due to Medication Errors
These problems are not normal and if they happen must be reported immediately. However, all too often, nursing home abuse and neglect go unreported.
Nursing Home Falls
Nursing home falls are among the most common type of problems that may happen in a facility. While the nursing home and possibly the patient my try to downplay what happened, it is almost always a result of negligence on the part of the facility .The nursing home must provide a safe environment and must also provide necessary supervision to ensure the safety of the residents.
Some patients need more supervision than others but this must be considered when facilities are staffed. Sometimes a fall may occur due to improperly moving a patient, which is regularly done in some instances to get a patient between the bed and the chair or wheelchair. Falls are usually preventable but when they occur they can cause serious injury to the elderly.
Serious Falls Are Cause for Concern
When a nursing home resident falls they often suffer injuries that can become life-threatening Bruises and broken bones occur more often to elderly patients. Because they are often less mobile the older patients may be unable to catch themselves if they fall and therefore excessive injuries occur. In this case, the woman suffered a head injury due to a fall. Head injuries are cause for concern, especially in older people. A concussion or a blood clot could actually lead to death.
The lawsuit in this case states that the woman actually suffered from several injuries that were all a result of negligent care. When your loved one is in a nursing home you expect that they are being treated properly. If a serious injury or death has occurred because of negligence, you may be entitled to money to cover medical costs, compensation for pain and suffering. Contact the experienced attorneys at Levin & Perconti for a free consultation to discuss your case.
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