A lawsuit was recently filed in Cook County Court against a Chicago nursing home. The woman, a resident of the nursing home, died as a result of alleged nursing home neglect. The resident’s sister filed the lawsuit, alleging that the nursing home violated the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. The resident died as a result of sepsis, a complication from pressure ulcers as well as improper hydration and nutrition. If you have a relative or loved one who was a victim of similar abuse or neglect, discuss the matter with the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti.
Illinois Nursing Home Care Act
Nursing home abuse and neglect are common problems in nursing homes across the country. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that is designed to help protect nursing home residents. The act ensures that a resident’s rights are protected and defines the responsibilities of the nursing home. Additionally, it provides for licensing and penalties should a facility be found in violation. Facilities must provide proper care including meeting the medical and nutritional needs of residents. In this particular case, several problems occurred that purportedly lead to the death of the woman.
Nursing Home Abuse is Prevalent
Nursing home abuse and neglect happens all too often. It is estimated that as many as 36% of nursing homes have been in violation of elderly abuse laws. Indeed, this number may actually be higher, because a number of abuse cases go unreported. Nursing home abuse and neglect can lead to serious medical problems or even death. The elderly are more susceptible to infections and other complications that may arise from neglect. In this case, the patient was not cared for properly, which caused pressure ulcers, also called bedsores. When bedsores go untreated, they can become infected. The patient in this instance died from complications that caused sepsis, infection in the blood.
Malnutrition in Nursing Homes
Malnutrition is a serious concern in nursing home patients. There are many reasons why residents may not be eating properly. They may not like the food, they may have a lack of appetite caused by medications, they may have dental problems, or they may be depressed. When an elderly person becomes malnourished it can cause a suppressed immune system and other medical conditions. Malnutrition was reportedly a contributing factor in the nursing home patient’s death. This is a problem that can be completely controlled by the nursing home and medical staff.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing homes and care facilities are ultimately responsible for the care of their residents. However, there are some important signs to watch out for, which can help you quickly stop abuse or neglect. Some of the signs include bruises, broken bones, bedsores, a change in disposition, weight loss, or dehydration.
If you think that your loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse it is imperative that you take action immediately. Make sure that the patient is examined by a doctor and inform nursing home management and staff of the possible problem. Follow up with your loved one often, to make sure that the problem does not worsen. Talk to a qualified attorney to learn about patient rights while in a nursing home. Contact the compassionate attorneys at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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