A Chicago nursing home lawyer knows that negligence at long-term care facilities for the elderly come in many forms. Overt abuse by staff members is not nearly as common as basic lapses in care which leads to death and serious injury. The poor care most often involves things not done by workers that should have been. For example, Illinois nursing home wandering is a potentially deadly issue that occurs when staff members simply ignore the need to properly watch residents who are a flight risk.
Recently the Star Tribune reported on a nursing home death involving the failure of staff members to act in a timely fashion. A report released by state officials set the blame for a resident’s death on the negligence of employees of the Sunwood Good Samaritan Society of Redwood Falls. The facility had no formal process in place to identify and react to changes in condition of sick residents.
In the case described, a resident began coughing and gasping while having dinner. In response a nurse faxed a letter to a doctor explaining the woman’s breathing problems-that fax was never followed up. The following day the resident’s breathing continued to deteriorate and was compounded with lethargy and poor appetite. The resident’s condition steadily declined-she ultimately curled into a fetal position, had a grimace on her face, and had dark blue fingertips.
Yet it wasn’t until some time later that an ambulance was called-even then, it was not noted as an emergency situation. The woman was in cardiac arrest before the ambulance even arrived and died less than half an hour later.
Failure to respond to an emergency is an egregious act of negligence by nursing home staff members. Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti unfortunately know all too well the frequency with which this lack of care takes the lives of local residents. Be sure to stand up for the health and safety of your loved ones at these facilities. Contact an Illinois personal injury attorney if you discover poor care at a local nursing home.
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