Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places where our elderly relatives get the care and support they need. Instead, sometimes a nursing facility can cause harm instead of preventing it. That is exactly what a recent lawsuit has alleged about a Niles, IL nursing center. The lawsuit states that an elderly woman died after suffering multiple falls, bruises, scabies, dehydration, and a leg fracture. The woman was a resident of Regency Rehabilitation Center and had dementia. Her death was a result of sepsis, septic shock, and a urinary tract infection. The lawsuit alleges that the nursing home and staff were negligent in their care, causing the death of the woman.
Dementia Patients More Likely to Suffer Abuse
It is estimated that more than 5 million senior citizens in the United States suffers from some type of dementia and more than half of those over 85 years old have Alzheimer’s disease. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, NCEA, dementia patients are more likely to be victims of abuse or neglect than other people. In this instance, the woman suffered from dementia, making care more difficult. Apparently, the facility indeed had problems providing the proper care for the woman and she suffered a great many illnesses and medical problems as a result.
Nursing Home Abuse
There are many things that may be considered abuse in a nursing home. The statistics on abuse in nursing homes is astounding. This may be due to understaffing, lack of training, and poor management, among other things. Regardless, there is no excuse for the mistreatment of the elderly in nursing homes. It is especially distressing to think that those who are least able to report the problems are those who are most often being abused. In this case, the woman had many injuries that were due to falling, neglect, and abuse, according to the information in the lawsuit. The negligent actions led to her declining health and subsequent death.
Negligence in Nursing Homes
There are some signs and symptoms that can be noted when determining whether negligence has occurred. The resident may, as in this case, have unexplained bruises and broken bones which happen due to falls. Dehydration is common in cases where the individual’s dietary needs are not being met and the caregivers are not ensuring proper fluid intake. A patient with dementia may be unable to tell anyone of the abuse and therefore it often goes unreported. The person may become disorderly and may demonstrate signs of rebellion or they could become more introverted. Whenever a resident suffers a fall or other accident the cause must be determined. If abuse or neglect is suspected inform the authorities and discuss the situation with a qualified nursing home abuse attorney.
You or your loved one may be entitled to receive compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by abuse. In this case, the lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 on behalf of the woman’s estate. To learn more about nursing home abuse and neglect contact Levin & Perconti for a consultation.
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