Recently, a Federal District Court in Texas saw a case in which a nursing home’s negligence led to the death of one of its residents. Although the decedent’s daughter ultimately decided not to prosecute her claims against the facility (likely, instead focusing on the care providers who failed to treat the nursing home’s resident), it’s a situation that is all too common across the country, and here in Illinois.
Illinois has an alarming rate of nursing home negligence cases, and every day our Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys see devastating cases in which residents are mistreated, neglected, and physically abused. The people in nursing homes are our mothers, our fathers, our loved ones, and no one should be forced to endure that kind of treatment.
In the above-mentioned case, the woman who passed away as a result of the nursing facility’s abuse suffered from pressure sores which ultimately caused her death. Pressure sores, more commonly known as bedsores, can occur on any part of the body and are fatal if not properly treated.
Pressure sores can be treated, and often cured, by adjusting the patient’s position regularly. They are most often caused by sitting in the same position for extended periods of time, which ultimately impedes blood flow to the affected areas. Once the patient has been repositioned, the wound must be cleaned and properly dressed to prevent further infection. It’s a fairly straightforward system of care, but if left untreated, pressure sores can extend deep into the tissue, leaving an open wound. In severe cases, the wound will extend to the muscle, tendon, or bone.
Unfortunately, though the steps of treatment are uncomplicated, negligent nursing homes fail to provide this care to residents, which ultimately results in the patient’s death. If you or a loved one is in a situation involving nursing home negligence, you may feel that help is beyond reach. Our Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys have handled hundreds of cases and have fought tirelessly on behalf of mistreated patients, and may be able to help.