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Legionnaire’s disease is a serious and often deadly illness that can be acquired through contaminated water. A woman living in a local nursing home died after acquiring legionnaire’s disease while under their care. The woman’s family filed a lawsuit against Warren Barr Gold Coast alleging that their negligent care caused the woman’s death from legionnaire’s disease. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County and is seeking damages of more than $50,000.

Legionnaire’s Disease

Legionnaire’s disease is an inflammation of the lungs, similar to pneumonia. It is a very serious and often fatal disease that is highly contagious. The infection is caused by bacteria called legionella. The disease is not spread by person to person contact but instead through a contaminated water supply. Most often, victims get the disease by inhaling contaminated air. The disease was named after the first known cases in which the victims were part of a group of Legionnaires who were participating in a convention at a hotel.

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One of the most common injuries that occur in nursing homes is the pressure ulcer. Many people do not realize that pressure ulcers are preventable and are actually a sign of nursing home neglect. Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores and pressure sores, are very serious injuries in the elderly and can lead to severe infection, a decline in health, and even death. Recently a family filed a lawsuit against Heather Health Care Center, Inc. and others alleging improper care led to the death of their loved one. The woman died as a result of complications from pressure ulcers.

Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers may not seem serious at first. They begin as small red marks on the skin. They appear on areas that are in continuous contact with surfaces such as bed linens. Pressure ulcers can quickly worsen if left untreated. One of the problems with these injuries is that they may not be immediately noticed. By the time they are discovered they have deepened and the skin may be broken. These sores can very easily become infected. Once an infection has begun it can be difficult to resolve.

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Nursing care facilities are often utilized for rehabilitation after elderly people undergo surgical procedures. Care must be properly provided in order to facilitate a successful recovery. In one recent case a woman died after allegedly receiving improper nursing home care after surgery. The woman’s family filed a lawsuit in Cook County against The Villa at South Holland, LLC and Villa Healthcare Management, Inc. stating that negligence at the facility led to the woman’s death.

Post-Surgery Recovery

Many people enter care facilities for an interim period after discharge from a hospital. After an operation, a period of recovery and rehabilitation is often necessary. Hospitals no longer allow patients to remain for the duration of their recovery period. Thus, nursing care facilities are the logical choice for those who need some assistance after having had surgery. The woman in this case underwent neck surgery and was admitted to the center for her after-care period.

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The family of a man who died due to nursing home neglect has filed a lawsuit against the facility. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County naming Ballard Nursing Center by Levin & Perconti on behalf of the man’s estate administrator. The man was a resident of the nursing home in 2014 and 2015 when he suffered severe injuries because of improper care. The man developed pressure sores which worsened and contributed to his death.

Pressure Sores

Pressure sore are painful red skin irritations that develop on areas of the body that come into continual contact with bedding or other items. Sores begin as minor irritations but can quickly deepen and become infected if they go untreated. The development of pressure sores is almost always a sign of nursing home neglect. Patients who are unable to move on their own require regular repositioning. This must be done by nursing home staff on a regular basis, at least every few hours.

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We expect nursing homes to provide our loved ones with the care and support they require. When an injury happens we may not understand how or why it occurred. If the injury was the result of neglect on the part of the nursing home staff, it may be necessary to file a claim. Recently, a lawsuit was filed against Symphony of Crestwood claiming that their negligent care is responsible for a woman’s death. The woman died as a result of a serious fall while a resident of the nursing home. The lawsuit seeks damages and a jury trial.

Falls in Nursing Homes

Falls are among the most common type of accident that occurs in nursing homes. Numerous injuries, many of them serious, can result from a fall. The elderly are especially susceptible to severe harm due to falling. It is estimated that nursing home falls occur to about half of all nursing home residents at some point during their stay. While younger people are often unhurt by falls, the injuries are typically much more severe for the elderly.

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Nursing home residents should be safe and protected while living in the facility. Sometimes, however, adequate care is not provided and an injury occurs. In some instances, the neglect causes the death of a resident. Levin & Perconti represent the family of a woman who died as a result of nursing home neglect. A lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Waterfront Terrace Inc. and Dynamic Healthcare Consultants alleging negligence caused the choking death of the woman.

Failure to Supervise

The most common complaint regarding nursing home care is their failure to provide adequate supervision to residents. Every resident is different and requires a unique amount of monitoring. However, the nursing home is required by law to provide the type of care that is necessary for each particular patient. Too few staff members can make it difficult or impossible for staff members to supervise patients as they should.

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Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs. For those who are young and healthy, pneumonia usually goes away with a simple round of antibiotics. For some people, however, pneumonia can be quite serious and may even be life threatening. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems could be particularly at risk for complications due to pneumonia. Because of their increased vulnerability, the elderly in nursing homes may be more prone to getting a severe bout of the illness.

Pneumonia in Nursing Homes

The elderly are more prone to pneumonia than younger people. Those who are bedridden and less mobile are at a heightened risk because of their sedentary life. For those with lowered immune systems and people with other illnesses, pneumonia can be a serious complication that they may acquire. Pneumonia must be treated quickly and aggressively for the best possible outcome. Unfortunately, nursing home staff does not always notice when a patient has the initial stages of the illness.

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Nursing homes are required to provide proper supervision and care to ensure the safety of all residents. One family recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of their matriarch, who was a patient in Lexington Health Care Center of Orland Park. According to the lawsuit, the woman was a resident of the nursing home when she suffered a serious fall. The fall caused severe injuries that were caused by inadequate supervision in the facility. The family is represented by attorneys at Levin & Perconti.

Falls in Nursing Homes

Falls are common occurrences for elderly individuals. For this reason, nursing homes must be particularly careful in caring for patients in a way that reduces the risk for falls. Older individuals may be unsteady due to medical issues, medication, or other factors. The nursing home staff must be available to monitor patients to help them when they need it. Unfortunately, falls can result in very serious injuries with complications.

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Nursing homes are responsible for providing quality care and supervision to our elderly loved ones. Sometimes, however, the care falls short of our expectations and of the legal requirements of nursing facilities. When a hospital or nursing home fails to provide proper care to a patient and they are injured as a result, the facility may be responsible for neglectful care. A patient has filed a lawsuit claiming that a hospital failed to provide adequate medical care resulting in serious injuries from pressure sores. The man is represented by the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti.

Pressure Sores – A Sign of Neglect

Pressure sores are quite often a sign of neglect in a nursing home or hospital. Pressure sores, also called pressure ulcers or bedsores, may start off looking like minor red marks, but they can turn deadly. The appearance of even one pressure sore is an indication that the patient is not being tended to often enough. With patients who are bedridden or unable to move on their own, bedsores can develop in areas that are in continual contact with the bedding or other items. It is necessary for the caregivers to reposition the patient regularly to prevent the formation of bedsores.

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A family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a nursing care facility claiming negligence caused the death of a resident. The man was a resident of Southpoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where he allegedly suffered improper care that led to his death. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County and is requesting a jury trial and damages of more than $50,000.

Development of Pressure Ulcers

The man in this case developed pressure ulcers that contributed to his death. Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, are ulcers that develop on areas of the body that are in contact with bed linens. They often form on patients who are bedridden or unable to properly move by themselves while in bed. The result is a bedsore that can easily worsen and become infected. Pressure sores are almost always a sign of nursing home neglect.