The administrator of the estate of a man who died because of nursing home neglect is represented by Levin & Perconti. A lawsuit was filed against Renaissance at 87th Street and their service company alleging inadequate care caused a man’s death. The man lived in the nursing home when he suffered severe injuries due to a fall. According to the information, the man was not properly supervised while under their care. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County and is requesting a judgment in excess of $50,000.
It is an unfortunate fact that not all of our loved ones are safe in nursing homes. Some nursing homes accept residents even when they know that they will not be able to provide the level of care necessary to keep them healthy. These nursing homes are betting on the fact that most elderly people do not report improper or negligent care. Therefore, it is necessary for the relatives of nursing home residents to stay vigilant and watch for signs of nursing home neglect.
Nursing Home Neglect
The man in this case suffered from a serious fall, which led to health complications. He developed pressure ulcers, which likely become painful and infected. Pressure ulcers, also called bedsores, develop most often in people who are bedridden. The sores are usually found in areas where the body comes into continuous contact with sheets or bedding. The sores begin as small, painful red marks, but can worsen if they are not properly treated. A bedridden person needs to be repositioned often to prevent sores from forming.
When a nursing home resident is hurt the staff must seek proper medical care. The patient should be seen by a physician and a treatment regime provided and followed. When this does not occur, the patient usually begins to suffer from declining health. For example, in this situation, the man was recovering from injuries from a fall when he then developed pressure sores. The nursing home is negligent because they failed to provide adequate supervision and care. The man later died from his injuries, which were certainly exacerbated by the lack of proper care.
The administrator of the man’s estate chose Levin & Perconti to represent him in the wrongful death lawsuit. In nursing home neglect cases, the victim or his family usually must file a claim within two years of the incident or death. When the nursing home is neglectful, the family is typically entitled to damages that usually include compensation for pain and suffering and medical expenses. Other damages may also be included. The attorney will review the situation and help to acquire evidence to prove that the nursing home was at fault. Falls and pressure sores are both very common signs of inadequate supervision and neglect in a nursing home.
If your loved one suffered injuries or died due to neglect in a nursing home, call the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.
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