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Dangerous Infection Caused Nursing Home Resident’s Death, Lawsuit

The administrator for a man’s estate filed a lawsuit against a nursing home alleging that their negligence caused or contributed to the man’s death. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Manorcare Health Services in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. The man lived in the care facility where he developed c-diff, a dangerous infection, and kidney failure. These medical problems contributed to his death. The relatives are seeking a judgment of at least $50,000 for damages.

C-Diff Infection

Clostridium difficile, also known simply as C. diff, is an infection affecting the digestive tract. There are thousands of types of microorganisms in a healthy person’s digestive tract and when an imbalance occurs it can cause illness or even death. C. diff is a type of bacteria that causes symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite The infection can become so bad that it is life-threatening. Older people and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk for this infection. When the infection worsens it can cause a hole in the intestine, which requires immediate emergency treatment.

Elderly at Risk

The elderly, especially those living in nursing facilities, are at a greater risk for getting a C. diff infection. Nursing home patients should be monitored for any change in their medical conditions. The sooner a C. diff infection is diagnosed and treated the better the chances of recovery. If C. diff is suspected the patient should be seen immediately by a physician. The doctor will provide a course of treatment, generally a course of antibiotics. Additionally, the patient’s fluid intake must be closely watched to ensure that they remain hydrated. Failure to quickly notice an infection will make it harder to treat and in some cases, could lead to death.

Neglect in Nursing Homes

Nursing home neglect poses a serious problem to many elderly people. Nursing homes are required to provide proper care to patients. When they fail to do so they may be guilty of nursing home neglect. Lack of training, inadequate supervision, and insufficient staffing are just a few of the factors that may be responsible for neglect. Regardless of the reason, nursing homes must take steps to correct their problems and provide adequate care to all their patients. Caregivers must supervise residents and assist in getting them medical care in a timely manner.

Lack of Supervision

According to the lawsuit, the nursing home failed to properly supervise the man while he was a resident in the facility. Had the staff properly overseen the man, the infection would have been noticed sooner and the outcome may have been better. In cases such as this one, the relatives may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life, among other things. Those who are victims of neglect should report it to authorities immediately. If your loved one suffered an injury or died because of neglectful care in a nursing facility, contact Levin & Perconti to learn more about your case.

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