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Nursing Home Neglect Caused Pressure Ulcer, Death

When we leave our loved one in a nursing home we trust that they will be provided with the supervision and care that is necessary to keep them safe and healthy. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. A recent lawsuit was filed in Cook County alleging nursing home neglect against Bria of River Oaks, a nursing care facility. The lawsuit claims that a resident died as a result of negligent care while staying in their nursing home. The suit was brought against the facility and is seeking damages of more than $50,000.

Bria of River Oaks

Bria of River Oaks is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation care facility located in Burnham, IL, in southern Cook County. They provide a variety of services including 24-hour RN coverage, according to their website. They also state that they offer wound care, behavioral health, cardiac rehab, dementia services, hospice care, and a number of other functions. The lawsuit in this case alleges that Bria of River Oaks failed to provide proper care and supervision to a patient. The patient suffered from a pressure ulcer that ultimately worsened and contributed to her death.

Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers, also called bedsores or pressure sores, are actually quite dangerous wounds. They begin with small but painful red marks on the skin in areas where the body comes in constant contact with the bedding. They often develop on the tailbone, elbows, heels, and any place where there is continually rubbing. Nursing home staff must be trained to immediately identify the start of a pressure ulcer so that it can be properly treated to keep it from worsening. Pressure sores can deepen and the skin breaks, creating a very serious wound.

Treatment Plan for Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers should never happen, even in those who are immobile. Caregivers should be aware of properly moving and repositioning a patient who is bedridden so as to avoid the formation of bedsores. Pressure ulcers are almost always a sign of nursing home neglect. Once a pressure ulcer appears, a comprehensive treatment plan should be put into place to keep it from worsening. The patient should be seen by a physician, and staff members need to move the patient more often. The pressure sore should be checked very often to make sure that it does not get worse.

Failure to Treat Bedsores

All too often, bedsores go unnoticed, especially during their initial stages. This allows the sore to deteriorate and the skin to break open. The wound can easily become infected. In fact, many nursing home residents die each year from sepsis, which often begins with a pressure ulcer. The nursing home in this instance is accused of neglecting to provide proper care to the patient and failing to provide proper medical treatment. The woman died after her condition worsened and an infection spread.

The lawsuit seeks compensation for the woman’s medical treatment, pain and suffering, and other losses caused by the neglectful care. If your loved one was hurt or died as a result of nursing home neglect, contact the compassionate legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.

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