Nursing homes should be safe places where our loved ones can live peacefully and securely. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. The resident of a local nursing home died after suffering injuries that were allegedly due to neglectful care. Nursing home neglect can cause serious injuries that can lead to death, as in this instance. Levin & Perconti, a leading nursing home neglect law firm in Chicago, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the victim’s estate representative. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County, seeks damages of more than $50,000.
Injuries Resulting From a Fall
Falls are the number one cause of injuries among senior citizens in the United States. A fall can often cause broken bones, bruises, and head injuries. As the injuries worsen, they can result in more serious medical problems and may contribute to death. This woman in this lawsuit was a resident of the Imperial Grove Pavilion, in Chicago, when she suffered serious injuries as a result of a fall. According to the filing, the nursing home failed to provide proper supervision while she was a resident there.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing homes and other similar facilities are required to provide proper treatment to residents while under their care. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that is supposed to protect elderly nursing home patients from improper or neglectful treatment while living in care facilities. Nursing homes must ensure that residents have the supervision they need. This is especially important for those residents with decreased mobility. In this case, the lawsuit states that the woman was not properly supervised and fell as a result.
Serious Injuries in the Elderly
Falls are often not a problem for young individuals, but for older people, a fall can be disastrous. The bones of elderly people are often thinner and more brittle. When a fall occurs, a broken bone is much more likely. Broken hips are among the most common injuries to the elderly in a fall. Hip fractures may require surgery, hip replacement, and a lengthy recovery time. Surgery is often problematic for older individuals and can lead to complications. Additionally, injuries do not heal as quickly in the elderly, so they could be bedridden for a long period of time. This can lead to further medical decline, including infections.
Nursing homes must take steps to ensure that they provide proper care to all of their patients. When mistakes are made or they fail to supervise patients, and an injury results, the nursing home is responsible. While nothing can be done to change the outcome, the victim or her loved ones are entitled to compensation. Medical treatment and other costs are quite expensive. The compensation requested may include money for medical costs, pain and suffering, and legal costs, among other things. If your relative was injured or died as a result of nursing home neglect, contact the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.
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