The Madison-St. Clair Record reported last week on a nursing home lawsuit filed by a daughter alleging problem with the care provided to her mother at a local facility. The Illinois nursing home lawsuit claims that Cedar Ridge Health Care and Rehab Center in Lebanon, Illinois failed to provide the resident with reasonable care, ultimately leading to the resident’s death.
The victim had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and entered the facility to receive the close care that she needed. Her deteriorating mental condition, inability to leave the bed, and other mobility issues made her an obvious risk for developing pressure ulcers, infection, and sepsis. The staff members were, or should have been well aware, that this physical deterioration required special medical care and treatment to prevent complications.
Unfortunately that necessary care was not provided. The bed sores symptoms were not recognized nor was she referred to a wound care specialist to receive more specific care. As a result, the nursing home resident developed pressure ulcers, infection and sepsis on her back, buttocks, legs, and feet. Her health deteriorated rapidly and she died shortly afterwards.
Our Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys at Levin & Perconti have helped many families in similar circumstances win settlements and awards following deaths at nursing homes. It is important for all those who have suffered a loss that could have been prevented to contact nursing home lawyers to learn about the rights that they may have. We may never be able to put an end to all negligent nursing home conduct. However, with each new family that comes forward and fights for their right to proper treatment, more facilities are forced to improve the care that they deliver on a daily basis. In that way, each new legal victory is another step closer toward ensuring that current nursing home residents do not fall victim to abuse and neglect.
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