We trust that when we leave our parent or elderly loved one in a nursing home they will be well cared for and all of their needs will be met. Sadly, that is not always the case. Nursing home neglect and abuse occur in facilities across the country and it is an increasing concern. One recent lawsuit was filed in Cook County against a local nursing home by the estate administrator of a resident who died. The man was living in West Suburban Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in Bloomingdale, where the alleged neglect took place. The lawsuit seeks compensation to cover medical and other expenses as a result of the neglect.
Responsibility for Care
Nursing homes are responsible for providing proper care to residents. A failure to do so is in violation of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. Caregivers must be available and trained to adequately monitor the condition of all residents. In this case, the lawsuit alleges that the nursing home was neglectful by failing to review the man’s physical condition. The man’s condition worsened and he suffered from respiratory failure along with aspiration pneumonia, complications leading to his death. As his condition worsened the providers should have noticed the problem and sought medical treatment immediately.
Respiratory failure is caused by a lack of oxygen to the lungs. It can occur due to low oxygen in the blood, high carbon dioxide, or both. When it does it is quite serious and recovery depends on fast diagnosis and treatment. The signs of respiratory failure include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, and in some cases it causes a bluish hue to the skin. The sooner treatment starts the better the chances of a successful outcome. In this case, the nursing home staff failed to notice that the man was suffering breathing problems and did not properly monitor his vital signs. As a result of negligent care, the man’s condition worsened and he died.
The man in this case also suffered from aspiration pneumonia. This is a serious medical condition that can occur when a person inhales liquid. If the person is not strong enough or is otherwise unable to cough out the liquid it can remain and quickly become a source of pneumonia. The risk for aspiration pneumonia can be higher in those who are suffering from respiratory failure. The man in this instance was suffering from both respiratory failure and aspiration pneumonia which caused his medical condition to decline.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home staff is required to provide adequate care and proper supervision to residents. Unfortunately the caregivers in this case were negligent because they failed to properly care for the man. They should have monitored his medical condition and sought medical treatment when the man’s problem was noticed. Instead, the man remained under the care of the nursing home without medical treatment while his condition worsened. When a nursing home provider provides improper care they may be negligent. If your loved one was injured because of neglect in a nursing home you may be owed monetary compensation. Contact the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti to review your case in a consultation.
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