Nursing homes are expected to provide the care and supervision our elderly loved ones need as they reach their twilight years. Sometimes, however, a nursing home may fail to offer adequate care, and a resident may be injured. The attorneys at Levin & Perconti represent a woman who was injured due to alleged negligent care in a nursing home. A lawsuit was filed against Lexington Health Care Center of Orland Park Inc. requesting damages of more than $50,000.
Illinois Nursing Home Care Act
The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that provides rules to protect the rights of nursing home residents. The act requires nursing homes to provide proper care to their patients once they accept them into their facility. Every nursing home resident is different and has unique needs. Regardless of their medical requirements, nursing homes must properly attend to the needs of their patients. If they fail to do so, they could be held responsible should an injury occur.
In this case, the woman states that she suffered a fall because of inadequate supervision. She also suffered from pressure sores while under the care of the nursing home. Falls are often very serious for the elderly. When an older person falls they are likely to suffer a serious injury, possibly broken bones. A broken hip, for instance, may require surgery, and the patient may need weeks or months of recovery time.
Declining Health in Nursing Homes
Nursing home residents may suffer declining health while residing in the facility. However, their worsening health could be accelerated by accidents and injuries caused by negligent care. When a nursing home resident becomes immobile, they are at high risk for infections, pressure sores, pneumonia, and other medical problems. Unfortunately, once these problems happen, it can be difficult for older individuals to fully recover.
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect is not always immediately evident. There are some signs of nursing home neglect that should be noted. A resident may have bruises, broken bones, or pressure sores. They may suddenly become withdrawn or irritable. Sometimes the patient does not want to report the problem. Relatives and friends should be aware of the potential for problems and investigate or report any possible issues of neglect.
Pressure sores are skin irritations that are the result of constant rubbing of material on the skin. They can happen when bedridden patients are unable to move on their own. Pressure sores develop in areas such as the elbows, heels, and tailbone. Once a patient has acquired pressure sores they are difficult to treat, and can easily become infected. Pressure sores are a sign of nursing home neglect. Staff members should regularly reposition patients who are unable to do so on their own. When they fail to do so, it is neglectful care.
If you or a loved one were the victim of neglect in nursing facility, contact the skilled legal team at Levin & Perconti for a consultation.
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