A disabled woman filed a lawsuit against the nursing home where she lived because they allegedly injured her due to neglect. The woman was a resident of All American Nursing Home, Inc. where the neglect occurred. The woman has diabetes, which the care facility failed to follow-up on and the neglect resulted in diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious complication of untreated diabetes. The lawsuit states that the nursing home did not properly care for her and allowed her to slip into the coma.
Neglect of Diabetic Condition
In this case, the woman had already been diagnosed and was being treated for diabetes. Diabetes requires close supervision to ensure that the patient has the proper sugar levels. When monitoring is not done it can lead to a severe decline such as what occurred in this instance. The neglect of the nursing home staff and their failure to monitor the woman’s diabetic condition led to diabetic ketoacidosis. This serious complication is a serious medical emergency that requires immediate medical treatment.
Nursing Home Care
Nursing homes are supposed to provide high quality care for our aging parents or relatives. Yet sometimes, they fail to live up to the standards set by the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. Nursing home staff must take proper care and need to be attentive to the needs of each resident, regardless of what they are. For example, in this case the woman was a diabetic. Diabetics need to be monitored more closely, require special diets, and may need medications. The woman’s condition, according to the lawsuit paperwork, was not monitored and therefore her diabetes went out of control. Nursing homes must provide supervision and medical treatment immediately when a medical emergency is noted.
Reasons for Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect is never acceptable. It may occur for a number of different reasons. Being aware of the possibility of nursing home neglect will help you be on the lookout for it. Some nursing homes are understaffed. Understaffing creates multiple problems. Care providers are hurried so they may make mistakes more easily. When there are not enough people on staff they can cut corners in order to get as much done as possible. Some residents may be left unsupervised for long periods of time, especially when another resident is in need of care at the same time. Additionally, management may be lacking and there could be improper training of staff members.
Resolving Nursing Home Neglect Cases
In this case, the woman received treatment and survived the neglect. However, she required extensive medical treatment and ongoing rehabilitation to recover. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for the medical costs and money for pain and suffering caused by the neglectful actions. Sometimes victims of nursing home neglect are not so lucky and they could end up dying as a result of the injuries they suffered. Nursing homes are liable for any costs associated with their neglect or abuse. If you or a loved one were harmed because of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact the skilled legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.
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