Earlier this week our Chicago nursing home neglect attorney Michael F. Bonamarte filed a complaint initiating a new lawsuit. The complaint filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County alleges that the Glenshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center violated the Nursing Home Care Act by failing to provide a former resident with the care to which she was entitled. As a result of the lapses in care the woman suffered a series of problems, including the development of bed sores. The resident ultimately passed away.
The resident was only fifty-seven years old when she first entered the facility in March of 2010. While at the facility the resident developed pressure sores on her sacrum-the large triangular bone at the base of the spine near the upper part of the pelvic cavity. Each Illinois nursing home neglect attorney at our firm often shares with community members how these sores are almost always preventable. They frequently developed when residents with mobility problems are not properly repositioned and are not ensured proper nutrition and hydration.
Unfortunately, in this case the woman’s sores worsened over time and became infected. The situation deteriorated to the point that the resident needed to be hospitalized. Eventually surgery was required to removed the infected tissue-a procedure known as “debridement.” She also needed long-term antibiotics.
Of course, the woman’s family was concerned about the situation; they naturally wanted to get to the bottom of the situation. The recently filed complaint notes that investigations into the matter revealed that the resident was often to forced to lie for extended periods of time in her own feces and urine. This failure to properly monitor the woman’s condition and provide her the care she needed contributed to the development and sores. She eventually passed away from complications from her injuries
Failure to prevent the development of bed sores is frequently an example of neglect, which is expressly prohibited by the Nursing Home Care Act. As defined in the Act, neglect is:
“[A] failure in a facility to provide adequate medical or personal care or maintenance, which failure results in physical or mental injury to a resident or in the deterioration of a resident’s physical or mental condition.”
In addition to the Nursing Home Care Act, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) lays out additional requirements incumbent upon facilities in their dealings with residents. The OBRA lays out very specific requirements about the care that must be provided to nursing home residents in our state. This includes proper treatment of pressure sores, balanced nutrition plans, proper hydration, and similar requirements.
This complaint alleges that these laws were violated. In addition, the legal document includes a common law wrongful death claim-this is a claim that is not tied directly to violation of a statute.
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Our Illinois nursing home attorneys know that many facilities routinely violate these legal requirements. Unfortunately, the wrongdoers are often not held accountable by the residents who are actually hurt by the violations. That is usually because residents (and their families) do not understand their legal rights.
Please do not allow elder neglect at these facilities to continue unabated. Get in touch with a legal professional to share your story and see what can be done.
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