A recent lawsuit was filed against a nursing home alleging neglect caused a woman’s death. The lawsuit was filed by the administrator of the woman’s estate on behalf of her daughter and is represented by Levin & Perconti. The woman was a resident of Aperion Care Forest Park where she sustained serious injuries caused by pressure ulcers. The plaintiff is requesting damages of more than $50,000.
Pressure Ulcers – Signs of Neglect
Pressure ulcers, also called bedsores, are painful marks on the skin caused by the constant rubbing of bedding or other things. Bedsores are often a sign of nursing home neglect. Care workers should not allow any patient to remain in one position for too long a period of time. When left unattended for too long, a bedridden person could start to develop these very painful lesions. They often appear on the heels, elbows, and coccyx since these areas are generally touching the bed most consistently. In this case, the patient suffered from bedsores on her heels and coccyx.
The reason to be concerned about the presence of pressure ulcers is that once they appear they can be quite difficult to treat. In fact, they can progress very quickly into a serious infection. Pressure sores begin with a small red mark that may be painful. As the sores worsen the skin actually breaks open and an infection can begin. When left untreated, the sores may deepen and could impact the muscles and tendons deep below the surface. Infections are difficult to treat, especially in elderly patients who may have a compromised immune system.
Infection Led to Death
The woman in this case suffered from bedsores that worsened and become infected. The infection spread and ultimately caused the woman’s death. According to the documentation, the nursing home did not provide adequate care and violated the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. The nursing home is thus responsible for the deterioration of the woman’s condition and her death. The nursing home staff should have taken proper care of the woman and should not have allowed the formation and deterioration of pressure ulcers. Additionally, once the bedsores appeared the facility should have provided the woman with adequate medical care to quickly provide treatment. This could have reduced the impact of the sores and stopped them from becoming infected.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect is a serious problem. Falls and bedsores are among the most common problems that indicate potential neglect. Nursing homes are required to provide proper care and supervision to residents, regardless of their condition. When a nursing home resident is the victim of neglect or abuse he or his family may be entitled to money to cover medical costs as well as compensation for pain and suffering. In this instance, the woman unfortunately succumbed to her injuries. The woman’s daughter sought assistance to seek justice for her mother’s death. If your loved one was seriously injured or died as a result of nursing home neglect contact the skilled lawyers at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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