A lawsuit was filed in Cook County by the daughter of a woman who died from alleged negligence in a Chicago nursing home. The lawsuit was filed against Jackson Square Skilled Nursing and Living Center and Jackson Corp., the parent company. The woman lived in the facility from July 2013 until her death on October 31, 2013. According to court documents, the woman suffered pressure sores which worsened causing pain and disability. The lawsuit further claims that the facility violated the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.
Pressure Sores May Be a Sign of Negligence
As seen in this case as well as many others, pressure sores can be a sign on nursing home negligence. Pressure sores, also called bedsores, are injuries to the skin that are caused by constant rubbing against something. In a nursing home, patients may have trouble moving or turning on their own and are reliant upon care workers to ensure that they do not remain in one position for an extended period of time. Pressure sores can be mild at first but often worsen with time, especially if the problem goes unnoticed.
Pressure Sores in the Elderly
Pressure sores may start out rather innocently, with a small red mark. However, in the elderly, they can quickly worsen. Bed sores typically occur on the bony areas of the body that are in constant contact with sheets. They can also form in areas where the medical tubing or equipment is continually rubbing on the skin or on skin that is often wet. Common areas of occurrence include hips, elbows, lower back, heels, and on the cheeks and ears. In the elderly, pressure sores can be slow to heal and once they form they can be difficult to treat. Pressure sores can become infected easily and once this happens they can cause major health issues and they are quite painful.
Pressure Sore Stages
Pressure sores start in the top layers of skin but progress as they go untreated. Continued pressure in the same spot will quickly cause the skin to continue to deteriorate.
· Stage 1 – Pressure sores are minor, with no skin breaks. They are likely to be reddened and hurt. The skin temperature around the area is slightly warmer than the rest of the skin.
· Stage 2 – Pressure sores open as wounds and the skin the area is tender and painful. It may appear as a blister or scrape. Damaged skin may not recover.
· Stage 3 – Pressure sores deepen and are extended to the tissue under the skin, which causes an indentation.
· Stage 4 – Pressure sores may extend down to the muscle or bone, causing extensive damage. Bone infection or blood infection, sepsis, are common in this stage.
It is important to note that pressure sores should not occur and when they do they must be treated immediately. Any bedsores may be a sign that your loved one is not being properly cared for by workers in the facility.
In this case, the woman died after pressure sores developed and worsened because of alleged negligence. If your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect contact the attorneys at Levin & Perconti as soon as possible.
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