Levin & Perconti law firm is representing the relative of a man who died due to negligent care at a Chicago facility. The facility specializes in providing rehabilitative and extended care to the elderly and others in need of such treatment. In this case, the man was being cared for by Kindred Chicago Central Hospital when he developed a serious pressure sore that led to his death. A lawsuit was filed against the facility seeking damages in excess of $50,000.
Dangers of Pressure Ulcers
Pressure sores are also commonly called bedsores. Many people underestimate the severe medical damage they can cause, especially when they are left untreated for a period of time. Pressure ulcers start out as small but painful red marks on the skin in areas where the body comes into repeated contact with something, such as bed linens. The sores can quickly worsen and break the skin. Once the skin opens, the wound can easily become infected and it becomes much more difficult to treat. As pressure ulcers become worse the sores deepen and may even reach to the tendons or bones.
Treatment of Pressure Ulcers
Pressure sores must be quickly diagnosed and treated. As soon as a pressure sore is noticed, caregivers must begin to put procedures in place to prevent it from getting worse. This is done by vigilantly moving and turning the patient to ensure that the patient’s body does not continue to come into contact with the sheets or whatever is causing the problem. The patient should be seen by a doctor immediately, and a comprehensive plan put into place to treat the sores.
Failure to Treat
In this case, the lawsuit indicates that the care facility failed to properly diagnose and treat the man’s pressure ulcer in a timely manner. As a result of their negligence, the man’s pressure ulcer significantly worsened. There was no plan put into place to care for the pressure ulcer, even after it was noticed. The facility was negligent by failing to provide proper diagnosis and treatment for the man’s pressure sore.
Nursing Home Neglect
Care facilities are faced with many obstacles in treating patients with a number of special requirements. However, they are required by law to provide proper treatment. If they fail to do so, they may actually be causing harm to their patients. Insufficient staffing, inadequate training, and improper management can all contribute to neglectful care. The presence of pressure sores is almost always a sign of neglect. Urgent diagnosis and treatment are required for a successful outcome.
Patients who are bedridden and are immobile are at a higher risk for bedsores than others who are able to move about more freely. Caregivers need to be aware of these dangers and need to be particularly careful with these patients. In this case, the man’s pressure sore was not quickly treated, and this ultimately led to his death. If your loved one suffered neglect in a nursing home, call Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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