Nursing homes and long term care facilities should be safe places where our loved ones can heal from medical procedures while receiving high quality care. Unfortunately, many residents are injured or die each year as a result of negligent care provided in one of these locations. A recent lawsuit, filed in Cook County, accuses a nursing center of negligence and wrongful death of a resident while in their care. The lawsuit was filed by the woman’s family and names Belhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC and Infinity Healthcare Management of Illinois, LLC.
Failing to Protect Against Neglect
Nursing homes are required by law to provide proper care to their residents. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that outlines the responsibilities and requirements of the nursing home and the rights of the patients. In this case, the lawsuit states that the facility was negligent in their responsibility to protect and care for the woman. According to the filing, the woman was a high risk for the development of pressure ulcers, dehydration, and urinary tract infections. Any of these ailments alone could be dangerous and could be considered medical emergencies.
Dehydration is Serious
The woman in this instance was ultimately diagnosed with severe dehydration, which led to acute renal failure. Dehydration can occur more frequently in the elderly because they may simply be unaware of their daily liquid intake. Dehydration is often a sign of nursing home neglect. Staff and care providers are responsible for ensuring that residents eat and drink properly to maintain their nutritional intake. Dehydration can become severe quickly, and may even be life-threatening. The signs of dehydration are many, including a headache, mental confusion, thirst, and dry mouth and skin, among others. Immediate medical attention is needed and often hospitalization is required to provide fluids intravenously.
Sepsis and Urinary Tract Infection
Pressure sores are a very real concern among the elderly and those who are unable to get out of bed. Pressure sores, also called bedsores, begin as painful red marks on the skin, appearing in areas where the body continually rubs against bedding. As the sores worsen, the skin breaks and an infection begins. The infection is difficult to treat and may lead to sepsis, as it did in this instance. Sepsis is an infection in the blood, which is then spread throughout the body, causing serious harm to the organs. The woman also suffered from a urinary tract infection. These are all preventable medical problems and the nursing home is responsible for neglect when these situations happen.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect occurs all too often in nursing homes and care facilities across the country. Those who are victims of neglect may be unable or unwilling to report the problem. As a result, the situation worsens and sometimes the neglect is not discovered until it is too late. If you suspect that a loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home, it is best to take immediate action. Report the problem immediately and discuss the case with a reputable attorney. Call the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti to learn how to seek justice.
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