Nursing homes are expected to provide our loved ones with the care and support they need during their elder years. Unfortunately, sometimes nursing homes fail to provide the necessary supervision and an injury or death results. The family of a woman who died in a nursing home has filed a lawsuit alleging negligence caused her death. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County against The Renaissance Park South, LLC and Oak Lawn Respiratory and Rehabilitation Center, LLC.
Failure to Provide Proper Care
Nursing homes are required by law to provide proper care to all residents. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act requires care facilities to provide proper care to patients, regardless of their specific needs. The care provider cannot allow a patient to enter their location unless they are able to provide the treatment needed for recovery. Therefore, once a patient is accepted into a facility, he or she must be adequately cared for. The failure to provide proper care may be considered negligence.
Negligence in Nursing Homes
Negligent care may cause accidents, injuries, and illnesses of the residents in nursing facilities. Those responsible for providing care may be negligent if they make a mistake in care or if they do not provide the treatment necessary. In this case, the lawsuit states that the woman’s condition was not properly evaluated and as a result she suffered a stroke. The care providers should have taken steps to minimize her risk for stroke but they failed to implement a care plan.
Stroke Risk Was Ignored
The woman had elevated risk factors for stroke, but the care facility did not use this information in providing care. Had they reviewed the information properly and implemented a specialized care plan, she may not have suffered a stroke. An assessment and care plan should be utilized in every situation where risk factors are known to exist. The care plan should be developed in conjunction with the patient’s doctor. The stroke could have been prevented. However, the woman did suffer a stroke which led to her death.
Neglect is not always a simple matter of failing to provide for a patient’s daily needs. It extends into overall health evaluation and treatment. A care facility is responsible for ensuring that every resident is properly cared for at all times. The woman in this case was at risk for a stroke, which should have been considered when providing her care. When a facility falls short of adequate treatment, they are likely responsible for neglect. Nursing home neglect is all too common a problem and sadly causes a number of serious medical complications and deaths every year in the United States. Victims of nursing home neglect are eligible to file claims to recover their damages as a result of the improper treatment.
The law limits the time allowed to file a claim in cases such as these. If you or a loved one were injured due to nursing home neglect, schedule a consultation with the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti to learn more about your case.
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