Michael Morris was just 43 years old when he died from complications that arose from infected tracheostomy and gastrostomy tubes, as well as multiple pressure ulcers. He was a resident of Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Joliet, Illinois for just over a year at the time of his death last September.
In a lawsuit filed in Will County, the administrator of his estate alleges that the facility is directly responsible for his death by failing to provide the adequate care required for a resident in Mr. Morris’ condition.
How do Pressure Ulcers Develop?
Pressure ulcers, also known as pressure sores, bed sores, or decubitus ulcers, are considered an avoidable medical issue, preventable by using certain types of mattresses, regularly rotating patients or allowing them freedom to move with or without assistance (according to their individual care plan), as well as providing proper nutrition and hygiene. Any facility with residents or patients at risk for pressure ulcers is expected to exercise these precautions in order to prevent the condition from developing in those with limited mobility. Anyone who spends a significant time lying down is at risk for a pressure ulcer, specifically in parts of the body that bear the most weight, such as hips, back, or buttocks.
Levin & Perconti – Chicago, Illinois Pressure Ulcer Experts
Despite the ability to prevent pressure sores, many nursing homes and long term care facilities are guilty of violating the standard of care when it comes to treating residents at risk for the condition. When families realize that loved ones have needlessly suffered, they are often justly angered and saddened and wonder where they can turn for help. For over 25 years, the elder law attorneys at Levin & Perconti have worked tirelessly to get justice for families like yours and to shine a spotlight on this alarmingly common form of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Pressure sores are not something that just happen. A significant amount of oversight must occur in order for a nursing home or long term care facility resident to develop the condition. If a loved one has suffered from a pressure ulcer, you deserve answers. Our record-setting pressure sore verdicts and settlements speak to our commitment to getting the best possible result for you and your loved one.
Please contact the Chicago pressure sore attorneys of Levin & Perconti for a free online or phone consultation. There is a statute of limitations on nursing home abuse and neglect cases, so time is of the essence.