Nursing homes are required to provide proper care for all residents in their care. This is not just common sense – it is the law. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act provides guidelines that nursing homes and care facilities must follow when providing care to their residents. From time to time, however, a facility does not provide the level of care that is necessary and the result can be devastating. Levin & Perconti is representing the estate administrator of a nursing home resident who died as a result of alleged negligence. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County and is seeking damages of more than $50,000.
Failure to Prevent Infection
The nursing home resident in this case had a sternal wound which became severely infected. A sternal wound is the closure in the sternum left after open heart surgery. According to the NCBI, National Center for Biotechnology Information, up to 40% of patients who have this type of infection die. Because this type of infection is difficult to treat and can be fatal, patients must receive specialized care to ensure that the wound is kept clean and sterile. The caregivers in this situation apparently did not properly care for the wound and allowed it to become infected.