When a local family has questions about potential mistreatment of a loved one at a nursing home, a Chicago nursing home lawyer is often a good resource to contact about the situation. Besides that, after a serious event occurs that suggests problematic treatment, state officials may also get involved in investigations of poor care or abuse.
That is what recently happened in a case in Missouri.
St. Louis Today reported late last week on nursing home neglect allegations arising after a near death of a vulnerable resident at the Normandy Nursing Center. The state’s Protection & Advocacy Services are investigating the treatment of a 37-year old resident who was rushed to a local hospital last week after experiencing respiratory failure, renal failure, and suffering from dehydration and malnutrition.
Family members of the disabled man were furious when a court-appointed guardian apparently almost allowed the man’s ventilator to be turned off. However, a physician intervened at the family’s request, keeping the resident alive.
The victim is officially a ward of the state after his father secretly turned over custody to the state upon his being transferred to prison. However, the disabled family members have wanted to acquire guardianship and are upset at the man’s treatment at the Nursing Center. They report that he has lost nearly 100 pounds there, and they’ve noticed untreated infections when visiting him. According to the man’s sister, his relatives have visited him on many occasions, often complaining about his poor treatment at the hands of the care workers.
Two years ago, a resident at the same facility was killed after suffering a morphine overdose, even though the resident was not prescribed the drug. Two months later a second resident died from a similar opiate overdose. Authorities have yet to discover the cause of the mysterious nursing home deaths.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti work with many families in similar situations. For example, we have recently filed Illinois wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of a victim who died of a morphine overdose willfully given to a nursing home employee-a so-called “Angel of Death.” It is vital that family members of nursing home residents remain active monitors of the care their loved ones receive at these facilities.
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