A lawsuit recently filed in Cook County claims that a rehabilitation center is to blame fo the death of a patient. The lawsuit, filed by the man’s daughter, states that the South Suburban Rehabilitation Center located in Homewood, IL violated the Illinois Nursing Care Act, leading to the man’s death. The man lived in the facility beginning in November, 2013 and was suffering from dementia, along with Parkinson’s disease, hypertension, and an anxiety disorder.
According to the lawsuit, the staff failed to provide proper care and did not follow doctor’s orders. The man subsequently suffered from respiratory distress as well as pneumonia, which led to his death. The lawsuit states that the problems were preventable and had the nursing home staff provided proper care the man would not have died.
Dementia in the Elderly
Dementia is a common illness in the elderly. It is estimated that as many as 80% of dementia cases are due to Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia usually occurs in various stages. It begins with mild memory loss and as the disease progresses it affects the physical body as well. A majority of those over the age of 80 will have some form of dementia at some point in their lives. For this reason, nursing homes must be properly equipped to care for the special requirements of dementia patients. In this case, the lawsuit claims that the nursing home staff did not provide the supervision or assistance required by the patient.
Needs of the Elderly
The elderly have many varied needs depending on the individual physical and mental problems that they have. Nursing homes are required to provide proper care according to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. The lawsuit in this case states that the nursing home was negligent and did not provide care according to this legislation. Care givers must be able to provide the type of care necessary, including catering to the special needs of patients with dementia. When proper care is not provided it may be considered negligence.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect occurs when the nursing home fails to properly care for a resident. This may include intentional acts, which may be abusive. There are many signs that nursing home neglect may have occurred. The resident may have unexplained bruises, broken bones or bedsores. Unfortunately, in the case of many dementia patients, they are unable to report the problem. Once the situation is discovered it may have already caused serious injuries. The truth is, it can be difficult to care for someone with dementia. However, a nursing home is responsible for ensuring the safety and welfare of all residents.
Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit
Victims of nursing home neglect and their families may be entitled to compensation for damages they suffered as a result of the negligent care. Damages may include such items as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, money for pain and suffering, and legal fees. In this instance, the man died due to nursing home negligence. If your loved one suffered injuries or died because of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact the experienced attorneys at Levin & Perconti for a consultation to discuss your case.
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