Nursing home residents and their relatives should be able to trust that the facility will provide proper care. However, sometimes, that does not happen. Nursing home neglect is a serious problem and one that impacts thousands of elderly and their families every year. A lawsuit was recently filed against a nursing home, alleging that the facility was negligent in allowing a serious infection to develop and worsen. The infection progressed and caused the death of the resident, after much pain and suffering.
Violation of Illinois Nursing Home Care Act
The lawsuit states that the nursing home, Lakefront Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, LLC, violated the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. The legislation provides details that must be followed when caring for residents. It is the responsibility of the facility to ensure the safety of all residents and provide assistance with their needs. When a nursing home knowingly violates the act, as is alleged in this case, the facility is liable and likely negligent in the death of the elderly resident.
Infection Caused Amputation
The woman nursing home resident suffered from an infection that worsened due to lack of proper care. The woman’s left foot and left leg had to be amputated because of the severe infection. Amputation can be the unfortunate result of an untreated infection, which cannot be resolved. When an amputation occurs to a nursing home patient it is often due to neglect. Once an infection progresses it may cause permanent damage to the body, particularly to extremities such as the toes or legs. In this case, the woman’s leg was amputated, causing serious pain and permanent disability.
Failure to Treat Infection
One of the most common problems in some nursing facilities is the ability to provide proper ongoing wound treatment. Wounds are very common in the elderly. They may occur due to falls or because of bedsores. As wounds worsen, an infection may set in, making it even more difficult to resolve. Infections in the elderly can be quite serious and may even be fatal. The elderly are less able to heal from infections and medications may not be completely effective. When the wounds are not kept sterile, the infection can worsen, as it did in this woman’s situation.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect is, sadly, all too common in the United States. Neglect may occur when nursing home staff does not spend enough time with residents or is unable to provide proper assistance and supervision. Nursing home residents each have their own requirements, based on their physical and emotional condition. Some patients require assistance with their daily activities, such as toileting, bathing, and eating. Others may be bedridden due to a medical problem such as a fractured leg or hip. Regardless of their needs, nursing home staff must take the care required to keep the resident safe and well.
If your loved one suffered an injury while in a nursing home it may be neglect. Call the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti for a consultation to learn how you can seek justice.
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