Most of us think of nursing homes as safe and secure places for our loved ones to reside. In many cases, people feel that their relative will be safer in a nursing home than living on their own. However, sometimes that is not the case. Nursing homes are sometimes not able to provide the high level of care that we expect. A lawsuit was recently brought against a Crestwood nursing facility alleging negligent care contributed to a resident’s death. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the woman’s estate. It is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, and legal fees. The suit also requests a jury trial.
Pressure Sores are Serious
Pressure sores, also called pressure ulcers and bedsores, are a serious medical condition that can actually lead to death. At first, pressure sores may seem harmless. They start out as small red areas where the skin rubs continually against sheets or other items. The small sores are quite painful and they are an indication of nursing home neglect. If left untreated, the sores will worsen and the skin will break. Once this happens the sores can deepen and become infected. In this situation, the woman had bedsores that worsened, causing infection and leading to her death.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect and abuse occur all too frequently in care facilities. Neglect can take many forms. Often neglect happens because there are not enough staff members to care for the number of residents. All residents require care specific to their own unique needs and their care needs may change over time. People may need help with their daily activities such as toileting, brushing their teeth, and eating, among other things. People who are bedbound need help changing positions to avoid bedsores. Once bedsores form, care must be taken to make sure that they are not allowed to worsen.
Bedsores and the Elderly
The elderly generally, have a lowered immune system and it may take them longer to heal from a medical condition than those who are younger. Bedsores can be particularly difficult to treat because unless the source of the problem is resolved the sores will most certainly worsen. Nursing homes should provide medical treatment for residents with bedsores. Treatment needs to begin quickly, before an infection can take hold. Once an infection begins it is difficult to resolve and it could easily turn into sepsis, as it likely did in this case. Those who are victims of nursing home neglect, or their relatives, may be entitled to money for medical costs, as well as for pain and suffering.
Time Limits to File
The law limits the time to file a lawsuit in civil cases. Generally, a claim must be filed no later than two years after the incident occurred. There may be some exceptions to this rule, depending on the specific circumstances of the case. If your loved one was seriously hurt or died because of nursing home neglect, do not hesitate to contact an experienced attorney. Call the legal team at Levin & Perconti for a consultation.
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