Nursing homes are expected to provide the level of care necessary to ensure the safety and health of its residents. It is shocking to find out that nursing home abuse and neglect are common across America. Such is the case for the daughter of a woman who died as a result of alleged nursing home abuse at a local Chicago facility. The lawsuit states that the mother, a resident of Peterson Park, suffered from a variety of increasingly significant medical conditions from December 2013 until her death in February 2014. In the lawsuit, the woman is seeking more than $50,000 in damages and has requested a jury trial.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse and neglect are not always easy to detect. Patients may be unaware of the extent of the problems, may be unable to communicate the situation, or may not want to cause trouble. For these and other reasons, many incidences of nursing home abuse go unreported. In this particular case, the daughter states that her mother began to suffer from bedsores and then pneumonia, sepsis, dehydration, and a collapsed lung. Because elderly patients are more fragile than others, their condition can quickly deteriorate when the body cannot fight off infection. For example, bedsores may not seem like a major problem, but if they are not treated they can worsen very quickly and become infected.
Bedsores May Be a Sign of Nursing Home Neglect
Bedsores, also called pressure ulcers or pressure sores, are caused when the skin rubs against bed sheets in the same spot for an extended period of time. They can appear when a patient is unable to move around and stays in one position. Bedsores are classified into several categories. If a new bedsore is noticed the caregiver must take special precautions to ensure that it does not worsen and that other sores do not form. Bedsores may indeed be a sign that the patient is not being moved enough or in the proper manner. They also often lead to more serious problems, such as sepsis. Sepsis occurs when a major infection travels through the body and may cause harm to organs.
Nursing Home Lawsuit
Proper care must be provided at nursing homes and care facilities. Some nursing homes may be understaffed or the workers may not be properly trained to handle the needs of residents. When a patient is not properly treated it is likely considered elder abuse or neglect. In this situation, the plaintiff alleges that her mother was not adequately supervised and treated, which resulted in her death.
Of course, not every nursing home death is caused by abuse. However, there are some situations where the patient’s condition was caused by failure on the part of the caregivers and facility. An experienced legal team will evaluate the situation and will determine whether legal action may be warranted. If a loved one was seriously harmed or died as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect you may be compensated for medical expenses, money for pain and suffering, and other costs associated with the injuries. Contact the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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