A nursing home should be considered a place where a resident receives good care and companionship during the final years of life. However, not all nursing homes are safe. Sometimes, mistakes happen or negligent care is provided. In one such case, the son of a nursing home resident claims the facility was negligent in the care it provided to his mother, which resulted in her death. The lawsuit names the assisted care facility Victory Centre of Vernon Hills, IL. The suit states that the woman developed pressure ulcers and fell several times while in their care. The woman fractured her hip in one of the falls. Improper care such as this rises to the level of nursing home neglect and the lawsuit claims that the facility is responsible for the woman’s death.
Negligence in Nursing Homes
Negligent care should not occur in nursing homes. We place our loved ones in these types of facilities to avoid just these kinds of injuries from happening. Nursing home abuse and neglect are all too common. Many assisted living facilities are understaffed and the care workers they have may be improperly trained. Unfortunately, negligence in nursing homes is a serious and common problem. In this case, the woman suffered several injuries which all may have contributed to her death.
Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores are one of the most frequent types of negligent injuries that happen in care facilities. They are so common that many people think that pressure ulcers are a normal part of care. However, bed sores are not supposed to happen and should be prevented. Pressure ulcers occur when the skin repeatedly rubs against something for a long period of time. When a patient is immobile they must be frequently turned and their positions must be moved to prevent this very thing from happening. All too often, patients get bed sores. Pressure ulcers begin with a small red mark but can quickly progress and break the skin. If not treated, they can deepen and become infected. The infection can ultimately spread throughout the body through the bloodstream.
Fractures and Broken Bones
Fractures and broken bones are another frequent occurrence in nursing homes. Most fractures are caused by falls, which are preventable. It is estimated that a typical sized nursing home with about 100 beds reports between 100 and 200 falls every year. It is important to note that many falls go unreported. This means that it is very likely that every nursing home patient may experience a fall while at the facility. Falls can and should be prevented. When an elderly person falls they often suffer severe injuries such as fractures and broken bones. Broken bones take a long time to heal in the elderly and they often lead to other problems. In this case, the woman died due to the negligent care at the nursing home.
Get the Help You Need
If your loved one experienced a serious injury because of nursing home negligence it is best to speak to a qualified attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, and other damages that were incurred as a result of the negligence. The law limits the time you have to file a claim so be sure to discuss the matter with your attorney quickly. Contact the compassionate legal team at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation today.
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