When our loved one moves into a nursing home we trust that they will receive the best possible care. Many people prefer to have their relative live in a facility simply because of the added protection and supervision that it should offer over living alone. Yet sometimes, nursing homes fail to provide the care that they should. The result can be devastating when a serious injury or death occurs. One recent lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Countryside Nursing and Rehab Center and Extended Care Consulting, LLC. The lawsuit alleges that negligent care led to the death of a loved one.
Woman Sustained Injuries
In this case, the woman nursing home resident sustained injuries that consisted of pressure ulcers on her sacrum and heels. The ulcers worsened and over time and the woman later died as a result of the negligent care. Pressure sores are very common in patients who are confined to their beds. These patients need to be repositioned with help from nursing care providers. When they are allowed to remain in the same position for too long, pressure sores can form.
Pressure sores start out as small but painful red marks. They form in areas of the body that are in continual contact with bedding or other items. Once they form, bedsores are very difficult to treat. Particular care must be given to ensure that the bedsores do not become worse. Untreated bedsores will deepen and the skin will break. Once this occurs, an infection is very likely to follow. These types of infections are difficult to treat and can quickly become life-threatening.
Daily Assessment Needed
Nursing home residents require regular care and if a medical problem is noted, it must be properly assessed. In this case, the woman’s condition was not assessed on a daily basis, according to the lawsuit. When a patient develops pressure ulcers they should be examined by a physician. A treatment plan should be implemented that includes both treatment of current sores and the prevention of future ones. Daily review of the sores is necessary to determine whether they are worsening.
Improper Care Led to Death
Sadly, the woman in this case died after her pressure ulcers worsened. The nursing home failed to regularly check the woman’s health and therefore the medical condition was not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. Had the woman’s health been adequately monitored, the likelihood of serious pressure sore development would have been lower and the woman’s health would not have deteriorated.
If your loved one was the victim of nursing home neglect you may be owed compensation for medical costs and money for pain and suffering. The law requires you to file a lawsuit within two years of the incident so it is important that you talk to an attorney as soon as possible. Certainly there is nothing that can be done to change the outcome of the situation, but you can hold the negligent party responsible. Contact the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation today.
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